March 23, 2011

30 Things We Need — and 30 We Don't

Tony Schwartz says in this post:

"Do you have the feeling, as I do, that in the tsunami of everyday life, we're getting too much of stuff we don't need, and not enough of what we do? Herewith my first set of suggestions about how to redress the imbalance: "

There are a few "Need Mores" that are especially important to me: Fairness; Passion; Taking responsibility; and Doing the right thing. What are your favorites?

Note from TechnoBabe: This post was accidentally posted on 3/11 and correcting the posting date deleted some comments already left here. I apologize.


Gary's third pottery blog said...

we need more peanut butter and we need less jam, too, frankly....

DJan said...

Good list. I agree with most of them, too. I didn't see anything about blogging, thank goodness! I also think we need more hugs but there's nothing I can think of to go on the "less" side.

Arnab Majumdar said...

It's very important that in our world of useless clutter getting everywhere, this is shared.


Everyday Goddess said...

excellent list, i will apply myself to the principles!

Jeni said...

All points well taken!

Sarah said...

YES YES YES!!! Really well said!! I totally agree!! More of the need stuff please!!!
How are ya hon? Hugs and love, Sarah

blueviolet said...

You sure nailed it with this list. :)

TechnoBabe said...

Gary, blackberry jam rocks but more peanut butter is a good one.

DJan, More hugs would be awesome; perhaps less stink eye on the opposite side?

Arnab, Thanks. Yes, good way to put it; useless clutter of material things as well as of the mind.

Goddess, I think you pretty much live by these principles.

Jeni, Hope you are feeling great.

Sarah, I had the flu a couple weeks and then promptly pinched a nerve in my back. I am feeling better now.

blueviolet, thanks. I like lists.

Big Dave T said...

I like to do more reading. Oh, and smaller portions too. Reflecting is something I often used to do but as I get older my memory fades, so it gets harder to reflect.

Margie said...

Hi TechoBabe
I enjoyed this post.
Thanks for sharing.
One thing that I really like is conversations over emails.
Or maybe a note in the mail, I don't care that much for emails but it does help to connect.
I call friends and family a lot!

Take care and be happy!

Margie x

heartinsanfrancisco said...

Your lists are both wonderful - I can't think of anything you forgot. Except one, we need more posts like this!

Dave King said...

Wow! That cuts a bit close to the bone! Salutary, though. Thanks

Mama Zen said...

What an awesome list!

Robert the Skeptic said...

I know that my "need list" has radically changed following 3 weeks in the hospital with a life-threatening condition. My immediate friends and family are all I can focus on at these times.

Eileen said...

Great post, makes me really think about choices made, and what really matters.
I need more wisdom, and definitely more empathy, self-control, and sacrifice (especially when it comes to my own family, I don't know why I find it easier with strangers!).
Great post!

Also I don't know how I missed the penguin post (I guess my sidebar is acting up again, not letting me know when my faves have posted new), anyway, adorable mugs! And I hope your husband is feeling better about whatever the problem was.
And I loved his/your penguin story!
God Bless!
Love to you both,

Cricket said...

Great list. I don't know how I seem to have missed a bunch of posts... well, I'm here now.

I have to say I love my emails, though. They are conversations. It probably helps that I don't use email for much else. Still, it's nice to be able to "talk" to people from all over about things most of my family/friends are not interested in... mathematics, politics, electric Miles Davis... you get the idea.

Even so, 29/30 is a pretty good average.

Andrew said...

So true Technobabe.

MikeWJ at Too Many Mornings said...

It's a great list, and I agree with you about passion. We seem to lack passion these days, and I'm not sure why.

Syd said...

I think we need less indoor time and more outdoor time to appreciate nature.