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Edit Life: Correct, Condense & Modify

I didn’t have time to write a short letter, so I wrote a long one instead. ~ Mark Twain

The definition of edit is to prepare {written material} for publication by correcting, condensing, or otherwise modifying it. I write a lot and therefore I edit daily. After editing several times my article always turns out so much nicer than the first draft. Somehow, by eliminating the fluff and over explanations, there is a much better understanding of the message conveyed. It is magical how just a few short words can cut through the case and get straight to the point.

I started thinking about how I can take this same concept and apply it to my personal life. I can edit my life by correcting, condensing, and modifying it. In life we go through the motions of obtaining more. This concept of “more” often creeps into all aspects. We have more in our homes, we stretch ourselves thin by doing more, and we are then weighed down with more than we can carry.

Sometimes we hold onto those “things” which I like to call “run on sentences” with all our might. We think that they are necessary. Just like a run on sentence convey’s two complete topics without a conjunction, our lives often have several areas which stand in the way of us getting to a particular destination. Adding an “and, but, or if” is a good start to fixing the problem; but often times a complete do-over is necessary.

Having too many things and doing too much will pull us in different directions, unnecessarily complicating our lives. The solution is to concentrate on one subject at a time, focusing, or streamlining. Why then, don’t we simply throw everything unnecessary out? Sounds easy enough. Often resistance of cleaning out or removing is because of “time” and “attachments”.

Eliminating is an emotional process, as each and every item owned has a memory attached and a reason as to why it is in our possession. Releasing them is a very complex process that can take a lot of time. One simply can not throw things out and not expect to feel something.

Mark Twain once said that he didn’t have time to write a short letter so he wrote a long one instead. Likewise, it is much easier to hold onto these things we “think” we need to have. It takes much more effort to consider what can be eliminated, why, and then actually doing it. Understanding the cause of anxiety and stress, then taking those steps to heal can be a scary process. Figuring out what to modify and condense, and discovering how correcting it makes a difference, requires a careful review. In fact, it is much more time-consuming to do a life edit.

However, when the process of editing begins, something miraculous happens. At the end of each draft, one can step back, and review their progress. The beauty of simplifying then can be seen. As a matter of fact, it can be felt. It carries into all facets of life, the mind, the body, and the spirit.

As we clear out the clutter our health improves, our minds become clear, and we align with our goals. At that time, we experience first hand the importance of editing our lives. It is discovered that simple is often beautifully complex. That quality is better than quantity. And those run on sentences–they often can be eliminated all together.

Edit Life

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