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Thursday, May 04, 2006 12:40 PM
Important thoughts on life
Curt Rosengren on Life

In the middle of April, Lisa Haneberg lost her mother. The experience prompted her to share these compelling, succinct, and spot on thoughts on her blog.

In a nutshell, she says...

1. Pettiness is waste.
2. Don’t put it off.
3. Find your space and fill it with passion, not stuff.
4. Determine what you love to do and then do it.
5. Time is precious and short – use it wisely.
6. We are our legacy.

Go read her post. But don't just read it. Give yourself five minutes (at least) where you aren't rushing off to do something else. Create the space to really focus on what she has to say. Then ask yourself how each of these things relates to how you are living your life and the choices that you're making.


Janet Auty-Carlisle - 5/7/2006 11:06:43 AM
As Mother's day approaches this is a powerful reminder of the impact people can leave on us...particularly our parents. "There but for the Grace of God go I" is my mantra and I live with integrity through that value. Life is short, pettiness is waste, we are our legacy...wouldn't it be great if this was the way all people travelled this Earth. So, I remind myself of those thoughts each day, even when somebody does something that seems annoying to me....it's just not worth the trouble and, perhaps, they've just lost their mother and don't know how to behave....who knows? Monica, to your point about teaching people how to be fully present through the impace of decluttering and simplifying. Kudos to you. I have just moved, after 20 years, to a house half the size...it's tiny. I gave away a lot of stuff to shelters, homes for at risk youth and Goodwill...I still have more to go through. The cool thing is that I have discovered I just don't need the stuff...it hasn't made me happy, it didn't define who I was and it isn't going to change my life....I am keeping a few family antiques, some of the artwork my children gave me when they were little and the rest can go to other loving families....Gotta tell ya...it's been liberating and so much fun....Living la vida fearless, Jan
Monica Ricci - 5/7/2006 10:39:17 AM
Beautiful. What Lisa said is what I teach every day and I too really began focusing on it after the loss of my own mother two years ago. Because I'm an organizing expert, people expect me to just show them how to organize their offices and closets and such. But after 8 years in business, I am all about impacting the entire quality of life. I help people learn to be present, to draw boundaries, to simplify and declutter, so they can be fully expressed, and do the important work they were put here to do. It's so rewarding. Brava to Lisa! ~Monica
Catherine Howell - 5/4/2006 3:34:28 PM
Curt, that is so right -- Lisa's comments are best read in their entirety, instead of shorthand. And they are best absorbed. Sometimes I wonder how many times we have to hear these lessons for them to sink in -- but Lisa lays them out in a very heartfelt way.


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