I had a revelation the other night.
Something my husband’s been telling me for awhile.
I make things too hard.
For months, he’s listened to me whine about how digitally cluttered my life feels–especially in regard to photos. (Sometimes I actually miss film. Then, you see, I was forced to print in order to see the photos, and even if stuck in a box, at least I knew where they were and there was potential for an album.)
I went on and on about how I don’t understand how iPhoto is importing my pictures and the Cloud and the Dropbox and my Phone won’t sync properly and it must be because I had to buy a $6 replacement cord because I left mine at the lake SIX MONTHS AGO and because of all this it takes me 15 minutes to blog and at least ONE HOUR to post and I know I need to figure this out because then I can streamline things and it won’t take so long but I don’t have time to ORGANIZE PICTURES when I should be WRITING and MAKING MONEY–
At which point he calmly said sometimes you have to do the menial task so you feel better.It’s not hard. It’s just time consuming.
Just to prove him wrong I sat with my computer for 30 minutes on Sunday night while he and my girls had an epic piano battle with some game they all love on their electronic devices that are not the television because we gave that up for Lent.
I went on Pinterest. Stay focused.
I typed “organize iPhoto”. I got a site. Hmmm…organize my pictures in 10 minutes or less? I’ll bite.
This girl’s name looks familiar…oh, she was consulting with me about my blog redesign last summer. Okay, she’s credible.
Read post. Really? I didn’t know iPhoto had that feature. (i.e. I’ve never bothered to look.)
Voila! Photos impeccably organized into years and seasons just the way I like.
Approximate time? Ten minutes.
Okay…I didn’t want to give away that he might have been right, so I looked at some other pins. Maybe I could solve the import problem. There’s this???
Still skeptical (and too lazy to get up), I borrowed daughter’s handy iPod charger.
Over 300 photo and video imports later, my phone stopped telling me my storage was full.
And that, my friends, made my life seem a tad bit easier. Or at least less cluttered.
It’s really, really easy to get overwhelmed. We live in a digitally driven, social media noisy, always connected world. Our brains are being rewired to require constant stimulation, when our God tells us He made us to crave rest.
And sometimes, we have to stop and just do the menial task. Because that one calm act–making the bed, washing the dishes, organizing the photos–brings cosmos into our chaos.
And peace into our souls.
What one thing can you do today that will bring a little calm?