Friday, March 10, 2006

The Piece of Paper

Sometimes, my desk gets cluttered. I mean, really cluttered.

Bills that need to be paid, advertisements I don't want to throw away like carpet cleaning specials and 10% Off at Home Depot, IRS and tax papers that need to be filed, notes to myself about people I need to call about this or that, the list goes on and on and on and on.

The pieces of paper just keep piling up. It can become overwhelming. I know better.

To most normal people, this may be No Big Deal. To an alcoholic, it Can Be Huge!! We strive to keep our lives as simple as possible. I know things happen, things we must deal with; good and bad. But to let the small things pile up and add up without taking care of them is not a luxury any of us can afford.

Step 10 of Alcoholics Anonymous reads ... "Continued to take personal inventory and when we were wrong promptly admitted it." This can apply to many facets of my life. Not just the people with whom I come into contact each day, but my whole life as it unfolds. I absolutely must keep my side of the street clean. And my desk too.

todAAy i AAm grAAteful & thAAnkful

... that I got most of my desk cleaned off yesterday after writing this post
... for a newcomer/First Step meeting at noon yesterday
... that I'm better at "being Happy instead of being Right"
... for the progression of recovery
... that my sponsor will be in the David Letterman audience today
... for a little talk with Jeanie P.
... that I'm comfortable being alone
... for Law and Order reruns (my favorite time-killer)

Always do right. This will gratify some people, and astonish the rest.
-Mark Twain


Mary Christine said...

Great Post! I have a tendency to let things pile up on my desk at home and at work. I have been working on clearing this up in the last week. I agree that it is important.

Sam said...

WOW! Right in line with what I've been doing: getting tax stuff together for personal, biz and rental. First time doing it, don't wanna do it again! (I let biz stuff pile up for too long!) Meeting with CPA next week and he's to help me get organized with maintaining these records.

Have a great weekend!

Rex said...

Thanks for the reminder.

Alexis said...

I think if the principles apply to everything, then so should the steps, right? I 10th step softball a lot, my finances, work.... good for you applying it to your desk. I haven't gotten that far yet.

12StepSteve said...


You just told part of my story with this post.

I've discovered that the condition of my desk, either at home or at a project site, is a direct reflection of my internal state. Sometimes just making myself sit down and slog through the mess can help restore me to a greater sense of calm - when the mess is gone.


sirreene said...

Step 1. Clutter: You must clean out the stuff underneath your bed. The air will circulate allowing you sweet dreams.

Scott said...

I go through those phases in my home office of really, really tidy and ogranized, then gradually I get lazy, and it gets back to stacks... It feeels sooooooo good when I take the time to clean things up and start fresh. It's almost like I need that pile up to accumulate, to appreciate the joy of being clean and organized... sick puppy, I know! he he

Tab said...

ahhh...((deep sigh))
Clearing the clutter helps
to clear the mind :)
Don't ya just love that fresh start feeling once everything is cleaned?
Have a fab' weekend dAAve
and Thanks for sharing~

Mr. H.K. said...

Reminds me that Spring Cleaning time is right around the corner!


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Shannon said...

yes I too get all cluttered up! mentaly, my desk, LOL

My husband gave me the best gift today... time... aaaaaaaah!

I am taking time to unclutter my head, and relax... thanks for sharing Daave... have a fabulous Fridaay!

Ricky!!! said...

YOu can always throw shit in the closet. It holds a lot of shit


Once again your post sounds like it was written for me. I am trying very hard to simplify my life. My desk is a biggie.
I see you,

psychbaby said...

Wow is right! Looks like you spoke for many of us with this post dAAve. I know that you did for me.

yippeeeee! Have a good one today.