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Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Weeding Out the Winter Wardrobe

Heinz V. Bergen once said, “Information is the seed for an idea, and only grows when it's watered.” So what are your garden plans once the snow melts? Maybe it’s time to weed out your winter wardrobe of information. See, here’s where I’m going with this one. The amount of data, articles and resources available to us these days is astounding but all this information piles up in our heads. It's like that old wool sweater dotted with moth holes in the back of your closet. You think you can wear it again when you’re cleaning or lounging but it takes up unnecessary space.

So what motivates you to water that seed of information? What gets you off the couch and into your muck boots and moth-eaten wool sweater? Cold weather is perfectly suited for gathering your nuggets and seeds. If you are just browsing and collecting knowledge, that’s all well and good. But at some point, we must rid ourselves of the collected clutter and jump head first into that anticipated garden project. Hint, hint - spring is on its way and your prized collection of data is useless if you only have a seed and don’t intend to water.

So set aside some time to sort through your overloaded closet and do some late winter cleaning. Toss out those ideas you know are just too darn cumbersome to implement and keep only those that you know are achievable. Start small and think big. Just be forewarned with Hal Borland’s clever quote. “No winter lasts forever; no spring skips its turn.”

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