04 June 2012

Notes from a packrat with minimalist desires: Learning to let go and the idea of perfect conditions

Susan Minot, Evening p60:  There is no good reason.  Don't waste your life waiting for good reasons.  You'll wait and wait.  I could say a lot of what I want to say with other people's words, which I have been known to say before.  What I want to say here has to deal with learning to let go of the idea of perfect conditions.  As a packrat with minimalist desires, as a human being, learning to let go is no easy endeavor.  Whether it is of an object, an idea, a memory, or a person, the letting is rarely easy.  One of the most difficult things of it is the timing.  I am not speaking to convenience, but rather the arrangement of circumstances that allows something to occur.  I am quite often telling myself: When I ______, then I will ______.  Before I can do ______, ______ has to occur.  It is in the waiting for what I want to happen before I can take action that a lot of things can go wrong; or rather, they do not move at all.  Part of learning to let go is learning to let go of the idea that circumstances have to be in a certain order, or that something has to happen to give action good reason.  Something is happening, whether I choose to see it or not.  That box in the basement is still collecting dust.  That paragraph on learning to let go of the idea of perfect conditions will never write itself.  As David J. Schwartz, Ph.D. wrote in The Magic of Thinking Big, "to wait for the perfect set of conditions is to wait forever."