In my life synchronicity is a great player and as I should have expected, this morning when I was musing about how to go about writing this week’s LBC post, I came across this piece of wisdom, thanks to Nick who posted this on his facebook page.

I want to use this forum to list all the serious stuff that either have been eliminated or which I have eliminated from my life.

Right on top of the list will be matrimony. I did not eliminate this. This was eliminated for me by life which took my spouse of forty years away from me five years ago. I however do not for a moment doubt that the state of matrimony is a very serious matter. It was not always so for us in the first 33 years of our life together but it did become so the last seven when Urmeela was incapacitated and I cared for her. I tried to make it as unserious as possible during those days but for her too many important things kept cropping up that made life very serious.

The next big item that was eliminated for me from my list of serious stuff was the death of my father two years ago, which after some serious set backs, released me from psychological scars that I had carried for a life time. That baggage was right royally eliminated with that resolution.

Believe it or not, all the other items in the list are things that not big in terms of impact on my life but the elimination of which has made for a rather unserious life style. In no particular order of priority and not exhaustive, they are:

Formal Western style clothes and footwear.
Attending religious ceremonies/rites except under exceptional circumstances.
Watching television.
Obligatory attendance of meetings, reunions etc.
Serious people.
Frustrating relationships.
Whatsapp and similar Instant Messaging applications on my mobile phone and computer.
Guilt when saying no to things and situations not to my liking.
A number of subscriptions to magazines/periodicals that do not appeal to me any more.

You do get a sense of how I am moving my lifestyle to one of being totally unserious don’t you?

I hope that you enjoyed reading my take on this subject which was chosen by Maria the gaelikaa, for the weekly Friday Loose Bloggers Consortium where five of us write on the same topic. The four other bloggers who write regularly are, in alphabetical order, Ashok gaelikaaMaxiShackman. Do drop in on their blogs and see what their take is on this week’s topic. Since some of them may post late, do give some allowance for that too! Ashok too is having prohlems with his blog being down and may or not participate this week.

30 thoughts on “Elimination.”

  1. aha! i do like your list.
    had to think… i have eliminated most everything i don’t want to do.
    have never felt so free in my life. i used to be one of those people who could not say no. now i say it very well.
    as you know… i love to ‘eliminate’ material things. it’s fun.
    i often wonder if i will wind up with a cot in a room somewhere.
    as i get older… i want less and even less.
    most ‘american’ anyway… little old ladies… want all their things. ALL the things from years and years and years of collecting all sitting around them.
    i simply couldn’t breathe in a room like that! never could though.
    so… YES. to your word…
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  2. My greatest desire is to eliminate unnecessary “stuff”. I suppose that could include people, but elimination is a bit harsh when I can just not schedule them in. I continue to need less and want less that I don’t need. For me, hat constitutes freedom by degrees.
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