We all have too much!

We all have "stuff." Most of America has too much stuff. We have so much stuff that we don't even know what to do with it all. We have so much stuff that we don't even remember all of the stuff that we have!

The real question is - How much of that stuff do we actually need?

I was reading one of the daily emails that I read with breakfast every morning. This one is called The Daily Dad. In this particular email, Ryan Holiday talks about how John Steinbeck wrote all of his novels with pencils. Can you imagine that he wrote his novels by hand? No computer. No Spell-Check. Not even a typewriter. Times have changed quite a bit! There was a catch to writing with the pencil though. He began to hate writing with a short pencil and he was burning through pencils! When the pencil got too short for his liking, rather than throw them away he got into the habit of giving them to his son. As much as Steinbeck hated the short pencils, his son loved them! He wasn't writing with them. His son used them for drawing. Shorter pencils fit more comfortably in his smaller hands, and gave him more control for the fine details in his artwork! 

What an amazing shift in perspective? Think about how Steinbeck must have felt seeing his son using something that he was going to throw away to produce a beautiful drawing...  

You may be asking yourself "Who cares about a stupid pencil?" My response is simple - You may not care about that pencil that is a little too short, but someone out there would probably love to have it!

I have to admit that finding the right home for some of my "stuff" is not my strength. Lucky for me, Carol is amazing at finding the right place for my "stuff" where it can be used by someone who probably needs it more than I do!

Are there things in your house that you don't use? Would other people be able to put them to better use than you are?



Movement is my medicine,


Dr. William "Chip" Bleam

Dr. William "Chip" Bleam


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