Pruning

Pruning: The practice entails the targeted removal of diseased, damaged, dead, non-productive, structurally unsound, or otherwise unwanted plant material from crop and landscape plants.

There are two primary times of the year where I turn an introspective eye on my life. I acknowledge that I should probably do this more often than twice a year, but those two times are the turn of the year and – probably not surprisingly – my birthday.

No, it’s not my birthday. Won’t be for just shy of two more months, but this has been a while in coming and I’m already starting to make some changes.

Pruning.

I’ve been looking at areas of my life – and I’ll continue to do so – where some changes are in order. I’ll be looking at my habits and asking myself, “Does this bring you joy?”

I’ll admit that I’m not, initially, being as draconian as I could be. I mean, it’s easy (theoretically) to prune something which doesn’t bring me joy, but it’s a more difficult proposition to cut out something that Kinda brings me joy in favor of something that mostly brings me joy.

I expect this to be an ongoing process, and I also expect that I’ll need to examine my definition of Joy, but the work has already begun.

Where am I starting?

Twitter.

Lately, Twitter is an app that I use if I want to get angry.

It didn’t start out that way, but things have changed.

Now I haven’t cut out Twitter entirely. I’m making an effort to reclaim the app. I’m pruning, curating my list of followers to improve my experience.

If it’s not bringing me joy, change it, or get rid of it.

I’m happy to report that it’s working. It’s not an immediate change, it’s a work in progress, but I can already tell that it’s having a positive effect.

There’s a lot of work yet to do, but I’m looking forward to it, and to discovering what appears, now that I’ve made room for it.

Thanks for reading. Be safe out there. Be Excellent to Each other – and yourself.

I’ll see you on Thursday.

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