Extra, Extra Read All About It

Life can only be understood backwards; but it must be lived forwards.” – Soren Kierkegaard


I am the woman you will see on the train, not just reading the paper; but highlighting, underlining, and clipping articles. Years of academia have assimilated me to this method –real life moment! This has resulted in a LARGE amount of paper being stuffed in my career journal. My spouse recently ask why I continue to save so many articles. My answer was, these articles are the voices of people in this country and community sharing their story. It is an opportunity to step up and grow, to get involved, and to enrich my life and learn something invaluable. Every article has the chance to make me stronger, wiser, and more knowledgeable if I allow it. My spouse smiled and said “I get that, but how do you know which of these articles still fuel you, are relevant, and more importantly how do you know what you have already accomplished? I admit he had point. Therefore, I will reread these snippets and perhaps purge. I find the best way to do that is to share them with you and decide if they are worth still saving. I am also confident it will also shed some light on how I chose the academic and professional path that I have chosen. What are you purging and organizing this year?

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11 Responses to Extra, Extra Read All About It

  1. Clippings are a great thing to purge and organize! My big project this year is to do the same with my pictures.



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  5. prior.. says:

    well came here from the other post – and glad I did – I think it says a lot about your artsy side and people-passion side that collects this kind of stuff (makes that and also purges it… ha)
    but as I read that these things call to you – I could feel the essence of someone who had passion and just felt this connection for humanity – (but purging stuff has many perks – and my spouse has helped me with this over many years – it is freeing) and this summer I went through the closet with a serious mindset ot never again wear something I half liked – or that did not feel like me anymore – it was the nicest feeling dropping that bag off at the charity store


  6. msw blog says:

    Thank you for the kind words. Purging can truly be a free experiencing physically , emotionally , and spiritually…


  7. floatinggold says:

    I can relate to that. I write things down, I highlight, I clip. And then, when it comes to needing more space, or moving, I am welcomed by an avalanche of paper. Then I go through them like crazy. Most of them still make sense, but not all, so I throw those out. Some are great, but if they were sitting in a pile for a couple of years and weren’t of any help to me, then what’s the point?

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