There’s very little that needs to be done. But I accumulate actions the way some people accumulate worthless bric-a-brac, deluding themselves that there is wealth or other merit in it. In fact, I accumulate action the way some people accumulate wealth, which in many ways is also worthless. The bric-a-brac, the wealth, and my unnecessary actions are clutter.
I’m not suggesting that people do nothing. And I believe in abundance. But clutter is another matter entirely. I clutter my life with activity.
There’s very little that needs to be done. Don’t think I say that because I’m lazy. Or that I’m trying to shirk responsibility or get away with doing shabby or minimal work. If you knew me, you’d know I’m a perfectionist, a workaholic, and that I have a really high standard for my self. But in another sense, I want to do only what needs to be done (as an example) on my new iPod Touch, instead of spending one-million hours learning one-million cluttering activities on it.
If I limit activity, I can more fully use what I’ve accomplished: serve others with it better, market it better, sell it better, file it better, celebrate it better, and . . . there’s something else I will be able to do with it, but I don’t know what. It’s on the tip of my consciousness, the way words are sometimes on the tip of your tongue. It’s important whatever it is.