Simplify and Focus on What Matters Most

Local author’s book urges readers to “choose love.”

 

Let us speak plainly. Either we have forgotten or never under
 stood our place on this planet. For all our posturing and bravado, we are an immature species, indescribably new to the cosmic nature of things. And it shows.

As I write this, my five-year-old daughter examines a fat caterpillar on the steps of our front porch. With autumn’s breeze blowing sandy curls across her spellbound face, she watches a hundred tiny feet exploring the contours of her hand. All at once, I am filled with overwhelming joy – and unsettling fear of what may cross her path. A father’s love for his daughter is an awe-inspiring thing. However misguided, it drives us to summon survival instincts dormant and long forgotten. When I consider what fathers face every day around the world to protect their children from harm, I am utterly disheartened.

We are endlessly bombarded by news of fear, hate, despair, greed, pain, and terror. In spite of how overwhelming the troubles of the world may seem, we must understand that what we do matters – and we must choose love. It is the only thing that will give our children a chance at a better future.

The alternative is a world at war over scarce resources and a perpetual clash between those with power and those without. To watch the evening news, we have already chosen that future. As the global consciousness shifts towards equality and sustainability, there are those who would bully the masses into submission in exchange for power and influence.

But, collectively, we must choose love.

As the world population balloons toward nine billion people over the next three decades, we must choose the virtues of kindness, compassion and generosity over the dangers of fear, hate and greed. What we do matters, and the ripple effect of our intention has the power to lift us up or tear us apart.

Love starts with an intention to honor the inherent goodness in others. For us to survive the relentless onslaught of fear and hate-mongering, I believe that love must be humanity’s next great revolution.

I am no one special; I am just one man. My sole purpose in life is to protect my child from harm and guide her in a direction of health and happiness. To succeed, I must walk my talk with heart and integrity. Almost five years ago, I took a leap of faith and started my own consulting firm – helping others to simplify, so they can focus on what matters most, and that is: who we love, what we do, how, and why we live…because everything else is just stuff. Primarily working with households and businesses as a professional organizer, I discovered that so much of who we are revolves around what we have. It turns out, those things have become toxic distractions from what matters most.

This year I published my first book, written to help inspire American families to become more aware of their stuff. ClutterFree Revolution: Simplify Your Stuff, Organize Your Life & Save the World is not about tidying up. It’s a tough-love practical guide for becoming conscious consumers committed to understanding the global impact we have when we shop. It asks us to become more intentional about what we buy, why we buy, where we buy, and from whom. Not only does it encourage a renewed commitment to environmental sustainability, human rights and the opportunity to reuse items through second-hand economies – it inspires and instructs, specifically, how to simplify and get organized at home, so that we are more prepared to help solve the world’s problems.

One in five American children live in poverty. Twenty-two United States veterans commit suicide every day. One in five undergraduate girls on American college campuses will be the victim of sexual assault. The United States has only five percent of the world’s population, but over 25 percent of the world’s prisoners. On average, 31 Americans are murdered with guns every day. More than two million children have fled war-torn Syria, among the 11 million others representing the single largest refugee crisis since World War II.

Choose a cause and do something – anything to contribute to the global solution.

We must re-prioritize what matters most – and that starts at home. We must teach tolerance, empathy, compassion, generosity, and collaboration if we are to survive a shrinking planet with more people in it.

In the end, only love will win the day.