13 July, 2015

Being Without What We Become Dependent On

There have been a lot of changes recently as my husband and I moved to Hawaii for his job.

The transition is going well, but that does not mean it is not without its challenges – finding a new place to live, learning the roads, taking on local cuisine, and adjusting to being so far behind everyone else time wise.

One of the bigger hindrances has been living in a hotel. Our stuff in en route on a ship (we hope) and should be here by August. Until then it’s what we managed to pack in six suitcases and make shift solutions.

Often when we sit down to do a project, whether it is an assignment for school, something for work or a multi-step project like building a house, we want to make sure that we have the right tools. Tools can be as varied as the jobs we do, but it would be unrealistic to expect an architect to work without a pencil, a musician without their instrument or a teacher without her lesson plan.

When your work is mostly online, it is easy to assume that your tools are readily accessible. What I have found since leaving home is that the majority of my tools are on my desktop (currently on the ship) and while I managed to copy files onto my Dropbox, I did not copy programs.

Being without 98% of my stuff has made me realize how much I really don’t need it. I can get meals planned without a dozen cookbooks. I am content with the few books I have with me (don’t tell my husband). I can do most of what I want to do with online tools vs. a particular program.

Too often we let what we think we need hold us back. We forget to be resourceful because our day becomes routine with conveniences we take for granted. Take that convenience away and we become immobile.

How many of us say we would be lost without our phones? And yet, many feel tethered to them. We have a never-ending work day and no way to disconnect because of this “convenience” that is making its way further and further into our lives.

What do you rely on to get your daily life done? What would happen if that convenience/tool/must have was gone?

Here’s a challenge: go two days without that must have. Whether it’s a program, your phone, a cookbook – try taking a break from the thing you “cannot live without” to get things done. You might be surprised as the resourcefulness inside you that the must have item is keeping you from utilizing.

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