This notion of keeping lists as both a practical, psychological, and I would argue as a spiritual practice is perennially popular. List what always makes us laugh. List the transitions in our lives that taught us the most. List the places we’ve visited that have altered our views of the world. List the things we must do before we die.
Sermons for 2015
There are pilgrimages that require some travel, some investment of time and money. But there are so many that don’t. Pilgrimages where we go nowhere, or almost nowhere. That are internal journeys, or mostly. That require our deep attention. That both challenge and rejuvenate us. That provide catharsis, a release. That take us, changed, back home.
Don’t talk to strangers, it would seem, is a global warning. But as adults we may need to relook at this message, keeping what still is true about it, but opening ourselves to the possibility that there is something to lose in keeping silent in our casual public lives so much of the time.
Why all this focus on and fuss about clutter? New York Times columnist Pamela Druckerman says that “clutter is having its moment because we have accumulated a critical mass of it.”