Wisdom Wednesday – Simplify

Simplify

Last week on the Disc Golf Answer Man, my Mind Over Plastic segment focused on taking stock of the previous year. Looking back and making note of what went well and making plans to improve on the things that didn’t. As it gets colder and darker outside, I become more introspective. The furious activity of the summer gives way to to a quiet contemplation.

As I peer back across the last 11 months, one word stands out from all others. No matter what I see that I wish was better about 2015 (and don’t get me wrong, 2015 rocked for the most part!), it can always be traced back to one word…

Simplify.

I have too many discs. I carry too many discs. I try to be good at too many different types of shots. I try to do too much in any given round. I have too many things planned for the course outside of just playing. Somehow I’ve drifted away from the exhilaration of simply getting out and throwing. I’ve forgotten the pure joy in watching the flight of a perfectly thrown disc.

It seems like I almost never get to play anymore. I work a ton. I spend a ridiculous amount of time on this blog. When I am on the course, I spend more time worrying about throwing and testing whatever disc I’m reviewing than I do just playing. That needs to change. I need to simplify.

As I write about a lot here on the blog, disc golf is a microcosm of life. My disc golf issues translate directly to other areas of my life. I have too much stuff. I try to be good at too many different things. I try to do too much. I spend so much time on being busy that I’ve neglected the things that I hold most dear. Family. Friends. Creativity. Fun.

As you make your way through the busyness of this holiday season, many of you will come to the same realization. Like a snowball rolling down a hill, you’ve spent the year picking up “stuff” at every turn. Each bit seemingly harmless until you realize you’ve gained a mass of things in your life that is no longer sustainable.

It’s similar to a lot of our disc golf bags. We start with just a few favorite discs. Then we add a disc here and a putter there. We win something at a tournament. A friend gives us a new piece of plastic. Before you know it we are carrying 20-30 discs when just those original few would be better.

So that leads us to the question of what to do about it. This is ‘murica after all. Aren’t we supposed to have a lot of stuff? Isn’t being the busiest one you know a sign that you’ve somehow “made it”?

Or maybe it’s not about how much. Maybe it’s about how good. Quality over quantity. In disc golf and in our lives.

How about you? How can you start to declutter your life and your disc golf game? What things have you accumulated over the years that you might be better off without? How can you simplify so that you can spend more time doing the things that matter most? How will you take the first steps towards a cleaner, more focused existence?

I think I’ll start by packing up my NutSac with my 5-6 favorite discs and heading out to a new course that was just installed 30 minutes from my house. I’m not bringing the two discs that DD just sent me to review. I’m not bringing my camera. I’m leaving my phone in the car. Just me and the pursuit of that perfect flight.

 

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