What have I Avoided in 2010?

December 20 – Beyond Avoidance

What should you have done this year but didn’t because you were too scared, worried, unsure, busy or otherwise deterred from doing? (Bonus: Will you do it?)

(Author: Jake Nickell)


I would love to dive into the depths of my mind and give a deep answer to this.  Something like “I should have spent more time doing that thing that I am passionate about” or “I should have made more of an effort to Go For It more!”  But after thinking about what I have avoided this year, the only thing that really comes to my mind is…

Cleaning up.

Yep, the one thing that I should have done this year but didn’t because I could always find something else to do was clean up after myself.

Mind you, I am a very tidy person.  If you walked into my place, you would probably say, “Wow, this place looks so nice” or something along those lines.  It’s not that I am dirty, per se, I just end up letting my stuff accumulate in the wrong places.  Let’s say that I wear a shirt that I want to wear again, but don’t feel like hanging up.  I put it on a desk in my bedroom.  Then it doesn’t get moved.  Here we are a year later, and I bet I could find things (which are neatly folded by the way) that I haven’t worn since then.  Out of sight, out of mind, except it’s in plain site, I just don’t see it.

So that is one of my goals for 2011, to clean all that up and have a clean desk again.

5 thoughts on “What have I Avoided in 2010?

  1. Grace says:

    I’m fairly certain that at the ends of our lives, not many of us would say, “Shoot! I wish I had picked up my place more!”

    NOT that I don’t get you…I do! But I’m guessing (even though it’s my first time here) that you’ve been busy doing some – mmmm – things that might have a longer shelf life than a dust free desk.

    🙂 On the other hand, from the feng shui standpoint, cleaning up like you mentioned is sure to create some wonderful new space for the Universe to fill.

  2. Brian Nangle says:

    You know… that’s a very good point, Grace. I don’t really even know how to respond. My biggest hangup with answering this question was the difference between “should” and “could”. I COULD have done a lot this year to improve my life, but I couldn’t pin anything down to what I SHOULD have done. There wasn’t a whole lot that I could think of that needed to get done but didn’t.

    But I think the underlying point in what I “should” have done this year was stop spending so much time doing things that won’t benefit me. When I say “cleaning up”, what I really meant to say was that I wanted to get rid of a lot of “noise” in my life. For example, I bought a Gamecube a year or two ago. I had my fun and I don’t really need it anymore. I should sell it or give it to someone who would appreciate it.

    It is things of that nature that I was thinking about, but it didn’t translate onto this post.

    Well… I do need to clean though. I am a bit of a packrat.

  3. Grace says:

    I find that I have more enthusiasm and energy for ‘weeding’ through the stuff I’ve collected over the year, at the New Years beginning…that’s just around the corner, isn’t it?

    What you are saying here is so important, Brian. I need to eliminate some of the “noise” in my own life…for me, that tends to translate into electronic time wasters…or other ways I fill my time that could be better spent doing things that really matter to me.

    A couple of years ago, I unplugged myself from the WWW at home. Granted, I sit in front of a computer all day long…and I DID go through some withdrawals…but O.M.G. The things I did with my time once I wasn’t distracted by even ‘good’ things on line, if you know what I mean.

    Well, all the best to you on your cleanup!

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