"Well, there is only one piece of advice I can give you," said the wisest of wise men. "The secret of happiness is to see all the marvels of the world and never to forget the drops of oil on the spoon."



('The Alchemist' Paulo Coelho)




Saturday, February 09, 2008

Tidying up

Last night, I began what I have been meaning to do since New Year and have been putting off for just as long, I began to sort out my filing cabinet. It took me all evening, but then, it's something I have avoided doing for the past four years at least. One thing I did notice during my efforts was that, although I have my decree nisi and a letter from my solicitor telling me that my decree absolute was enclosed and not to lose it as I might need it some time in the future, for instance if I ever decided to get married again, of the document in question, there was not a hint. So that's that then, Jennyta, spinster of this parish for evermore.
However, I digress. Today, having got the bit between my teeth, I began bright and early to shred the foot high pile of redundant paper, but that was soon done, and my eyes fell on ...yes, you've guessed it, Keith's pile. Now Keith has a unique mode of filing and dealing with his paperwork. It consists of chucking it, mostly unopened, in a pile on NASA and then, when the pile gets too high to cram any more on, it is relocated (crammed) into a drawer underneath.
Soon the floor was covered with neat piles of paperwork, arranged in date order and ready to be filed.
Impressive, don't you think? But that's not all. Next I moved upstairs to the forests of trees which were felled and turned into bi- products of the National Curriculum. And this time, I REALLY had a ball. There is now a pile of paper at least two and a half feet high awaiting recycling and thereby being banished from my life for evermore! A completed gestalt.
And that feels very good.




4 comments:

  1. Nothing better to clear the mind than a good old Spring clean, Jenny. Oops sorry - didn't mean to say 'OLD'.....now, where did I put my kneecap protectors ????!!!!!

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  2. I'll stay off the kneecaps till we've done our presentation, Craig. ;)

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  3. I don't get the NASA reference or are you planning on having them take your papers up into space to join Scotty's ashes ???

    Sounds like a good idea to me. Lets pollute space I say. Plenty of it out there and maybe that's what black holes are for.

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  4. Sorry, Ian, you're not an 'old' enough reader of my blog. NASA is Keith's nickname for his computer desk. In its infancy it had a top layer and towered over the living room but I eventually managed to persuade him to ditch the top level, so now it just looks a mess but a smaller mess. :)

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