Clutter and Passion

clut·ter /ˈklətər/

Noun: Collection of things lying about in an untidy mass.

Verb: Crowd (something) untidily; fill with clutter.


1543029344desk.clutterWalking into my office one morning, it suddenly hit me why I had been unable to make progress on two projects.  All I had to do was look at my cluttered desk and realize I had tolerated the untidy mass too long!  It was a visual of being overwhelmed and allowing the “stuff” of life to keep me drained. The beautiful wood of the desk, which could not be seen, had become a place holder for “piles” rather than a place to be productive.


According to the online Urban dictionary, “passion is when you put more energy into something than is required to do it. It is more than just enthusiasm or excitement, passion is ambition that is materialized into action to put as much heart, mind body and soul into something as is possible.” When we choose to allow the “stuff” of life to continually suppress our passion, we have little ambition and desire to move forward. I knew my next step would be to declutter the desk!


I am normally very organized and not prone to much untidy mass. But occasionally it happens…over time… “I’ll do that after my next trip” choice…. “I can tolerate that one more week” mindset which culminates in a “collection of things lying about in an untidy mass.” The basic task of decluttering my desk refueled my enthusiasm and created energy. What are you tolerating that is creating clutter and draining your passion? How is that impacting your life? What choices will you make to tidy up the mess and reenergize?


“There is no passion to be found playing small – in settling for a life that is less than the one you are capable of living.” –Nelson Mandela


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