Have you ever considered the possibility that addition might sometimes be subtraction? I believe that there are things that could be added to our lives that, instead of increasing worth and value, lessen the quality of our lives. In our search for something new and exciting, rich and rewarding or just a timesaver – we have bombarded ourselves with too much to absorb in one lifetime. Can you remember when you first began to add apps to your phone? Didn’t you ask yourself the question, “How did I ever live without this app, and this app, and this app…”? How many of those apps merely clog up your screen and eat up battery life downloading updates? Could this addition be subtraction?
Take a good accounting of your life. Are there activities and habits that have found their way into your life that are adding up to an awful burden? Is the addition of those things you “just couldn’t say no to” making your life miserable?
Look at your business. Are there practices in your business life that add no real value? Are your additions subtracting value from your business? Would you be ahead of the game by removing a few of them?
I once had a neighbor that had muscadine vines. Each Fall he would prune the vines. The first time I saw him prune the vines, I was sure he had killed them. He told me that the only way to ensure a good crop for the coming year was to remove all the useless growth of the previous season. They had served their purpose last harvest but would offer nothing good next year. As a matter of fact, they would hinder next year’s bounty. The addition of those vines meant subtraction. Do you have some pruning to do in your life?
Once we realize that addition can sometimes be subtraction – then we learn the wonderful lesson that subtraction can sometimes mean addition.
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