Positively Purging


Looking through my old academic bin of readers, papers, notebooks (why am I saving this stuff? Does anyone really ever go back and review it?) for my old clinical supervision notes, I came across an old cardboard UPS envelope that I saved. I had filled it with tons of little scraps of paper, to the point of bulging. I pulled out one that read “When speaking of others, consider three questions: Is it true? Is it of a positive nature? Will it benefit those who hear it?” I realized that like calendar pages, they were snippets of articles, some one-liners that I thought were provoking. I pulled out another one that read “Choose cheerfulness. It’s contagious.”

I felt my heart ache because these were more than crumpled pieces of paper. I recalled the day I had the bright idea that I would start having “perfect mornings” (please laugh- I just had a good one typing that phrase). I would go for my daily run (I still do this. I am a runner, not running for me is not an option), shower (yes, I still do that sometimes twice a day), then pull out a quote and my glue stick and adhere it to pages of what I called my quote book. The idea behind this was I would fill it with thoughts, nuggets of laughter, and wisdom that I could flip through and center myself. I do not do this daily (as the evidence has proven), time simply has gotten away from me. So, as the New Year is in swing, I would like to push myself to positively purge these pearls of wisdom as I purge my pile of articles (151 to date). I welcome your feedbacks in the comments and your likes and passing the real life wisdom on to others as I embark on this new venture of “positively purging“, as I know each of these pieces represents something.

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20 Responses to Positively Purging

  1. @vapor_sage says:

    There is, in my opinion, something to be said for tradition and ritual. I’m not sure, at this time, exactly what that is. I like the sound of sacred positive habits.

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  2. I love a good positive purge. I try to go through my piles at least once a year and decide what is important and what is not-it fascinates me how my idea of what is important changes so much between years. Hope you continue to enjoy the good things you are finding!

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    • msw blog says:

      A annual positive purge sounds great. I agree it fascinates me how my idea of what is important changes so much between years and how much I have grown and come closer to the person I want to become. Thank you for reading.

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  3. I hope your knees bear up better than mine have after 25,000 miles in my 5th decade 🙂

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  4. Gail Kaufman says:

    Great idea. I think all writers, professional or not, have snippets of paper with thoughts or quotes. Watching Woody Allen’s documentary, I was amazed at how he would pull one of his ideas out of a huge pile and develop a movie plot out of it.

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  5. The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up by M Kondo.
    You will get a new life.

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  6. Yes, I too have numerous snippets everywhere in my drawers, my flat and hanging folders, my binders. I also have journals and a small black book I brought with me 40+ years ago from Hong Kong. I also have journals in my computer folders. I eventually put all the computer journal writings in one folder. For scrap paper here and there, I categorized them. I have some ideas of how to use them, but I’m still working on the ideas.
    I like what you’re doing!

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  7. pvcann says:

    I am purging too, but the hardest is the more personal, notes, jottings, old school paintings, as If i die with them. But the double take is that though I may die a little, if I am, I have at least embodied what I birthed and can truly let go. yes, enjoy the journey.

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  8. I loved this – I too have pieces of paper that ‘are meaningful’ at the time I saved them, but now? Not so much. With help from my husband, I did throw out many papers (moving a few times helps because it forces you to throw out stuff rather than move it) I found that throwing out what isn’t needed helps me de-stress. I don’t feel obligated to read through them all, especially all the old magazines I’m ‘gonna read some day’… I don’t feel regret, just a heavy sigh and moved on… Good luck MSW!


  9. Reblogged this on Time Traveler on the road of Life and commented:
    Putting thought together is a great way to create a post for social media or keep the creative juices flowing. I keep planning on taking time to work on a new book, so far “things” has got in the way. “Today, I will get on with it!” Most of the time I write in the “back of my mind” and when it starts to hurt, I have to say “the hell with everything else” and put it down on paper. Today may be the day. Book 2 of The Spirited One is starting to hurt.


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