Why You Should Think About Doing LESS This Year

by Guy Chmieleski, University Minister

A friend once shared this poem with me…

and now I share it with you.

As you begin to settle into a rhythm and schedule for the fall semester, consider leaving a little more free space on your calendar than you had originally planned for.

Fire by Judy Brown

What makes a fire burn
is space between the logs,
a breathing space.

Too much of a good thing,
too many logs
packed in too tight
can douse the flames
almost as surely
as a pail of water would.

So building fires
requires attention
to the spaces in between,
as much as to the wood.

When we are able to build
open spaces
in the same way
we have learned
to pile on the logs,
then we can come to see how
it is fuel, and absence of the fuel
together, that make fire possible.

We only need to lay a log
lightly from time to time.

A fire
grows
simply because the space is there,
with openings
in which the flame
that knows just how it wants to burn
can find its way.

What do you think?

  • What drives you to keep the kind of schedule you do?
  • What would your semester be like with a few LESS items on your daily schedule?
Share your thoughts in the comment section below.
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