Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Taking Control

Now, I have no choice but to start sorting out all the things that have just had to wait! We need to pack our stuff into boxes to move to Pietermaritzburg. That means my hording kids need to throw stuff away! And I need to sort through my email which has got into a mess of disorganisation and sometimes unanswered emails. And we need to form a new routine at home that includes 'Mother'.
Putting our lives into boxes leads to some quite philosophical thoughts. Certain postmodern thinking rejects boxes and systematic reduction. They say this takes modern thinking too far. But I don't know how to move house without the boxes. But now . . . how do we pack?
We could put all the books in book boxes and toys in toy boxes and crockery in crockery boxes and so on.
Or we could think in systems. Then I would put all my guitar stuff in one box - books, cables, gadgets and all. Pots, pans, cookery books and flour in another box.
Or we could categorise systematically in another way. We could put all the blue things in one box - the blue curtains, blue books and blue cups.
We could do it without any order whatsoever and enjoy the surprising arrangements that result!
The reason that I am 'postmodern' is that I love to look for these different options and sometimes see far more clearly by looking from a different perspective. One can do theology in the same way.

5 comments:

Thomas Scarborough said...

Sticky things and un-sticky things? Throwable things and un-throwable things? This is actually a seeeerious question. Think about it too hard, and you won't be packing at all.

Jenny Hillebrand said...

Analysis paralysis. Let's face it, that's where we get with theology too often - because we don't want to make decisions that might be wrong or unpopular and we don't really know!

Brenda Timmer said...

I'd love to see colour scheme packing in operation!!! All the best for the move, and blessings for the whole family!!!

Steven Jones said...

It's quite simple - sort your things out into "junk" and "stuff". "Junk" is the stuff you throw away, and "stuff" is the junk you keep.

Happy packing!

Steven Jones said...

It's quite simple - sort your things out into "junk" and "stuff". "Junk" is the stuff you throw away, and "stuff" is the junk you keep.

Happy packing!