I tell you, when I’m weeding my garden, my thoughts just go on and on…
So we’ve covered the differences between what I call cross-offs and practices. We’ve realized (or I have anyway) that life is chaotic and the best list in the world isn’t going to change that.
And now it’s time to wonder…. If life is chaos, then what’s the opposite? What embodies the order and predictability that we all seem to crave? Well, wouldn’t that be the things without life in them? Inanimate objects, stuff? Hmmmm…
So maybe our materialistic culture is a culture of people wanting to find a little relief from the chaos of life. Maybe our huge attraction to the structure of the To Do list and by extension, the Shopping List, to the organizational gurus, to being able to brag about how much we get done is an attempt to keep the chaos at bay.
It’s perfectly understandable, chaos is unpredictable and scary. Finding ways around it is a huge temptation, one to which most of us succumb most of the time.
But it begs the question: what do you really want? Do you want to be alive?
Or do you want to be stuff?