Monday, November 23, 2009

Words to write by... #5

... I was going to switch topics to "Thanksgiving in Leadville in the Olden Days" or some such, but couldn't pass up this quote from A. A. Milne that appeared on a card sent to me a couple of days ago by relatives:

One of the advantages of being disorderly is that one is constantly making exciting discoveries.

Nice to know I'm in such august company! I do think, though, there is a fine line between creative disorder and "disaster disorder" (as I think of it). I can usually find something in the geological layers of papers or "filing boxes" in my office. But when it gets to the point of impossible—such that I'm spending hours looking desperately for some tidbit I once cut out of a newspaper some months/years previous—then it's no longer fun. Or creativity-enhancing.


Camille Minichino said...

So true, Ann.
I start a serious clean up when I find myself duplicating tasks because I can't find the original folder or slip of paper.
AND ... it's the time for me, with projects on every surface, buried under each other.

Have a great Thanksgiving day!

Ann Parker said...

Hi Camille!
... And I think I'm long past the point. I'm going to spend an hour or two this morning, with "recycle" bag in hand, and try to be ruthless with these stacks of paper.
Hope your Thanksgiving was great!