A couple of my all time favorite quotes are:

  • The ability to simplify means to eliminate the unnecessary so that the necessary may speak. ~ Hans Hofmann
  • Make everything as simple as possible, but no simpler. ~ Einstein

Last year, I went through an exercise at the start of the year where I listed 100 things I wanted, wished for, or hoped to achieve. 2010 has been a very good year in that I've published a couple of books, created a few great websites, made lots of great friends, and earned a good living. I have everything I need and most of what I want. I continue to grow in the confidence of my chosen craft of writing.

Still though, I feel a little unfulfilled. And I believe the reason is a few too many things on my plate. Each time I accomplish or discover or create something new and wonderful, I look back at my to do list and find it's still full of things to do. I don't stop to celebrate. I don't allow myself to revel in the joy of the new thing as there are so many other things still ahead of me.

So this year, my list is going to be short, very short.

  • Write a novel
  • Be physically fit
  • Continue to build wealth

And maybe one more item, not listed, but inferred. “Don't make long lists.”

Love and giggles,