Nearly 15 years ago I began working with a life coach. She talked about “moldy oldies” those projects we begin and don’t quite finish. You know the ones. They’re on a chair in your bedroom, the dining room table, or spread out in various corners. What’s the difference between a moldy-oldie and a fermenting-form? Fermenting forms are intentional. They are growing into something healthy, helpful. They are living, breathing organisms which require minimal attention to flourish. We begin growing them with the end-product in mind. A clear intention of what the outcome will be and anticipation of the joy we’ll have a result. (Did I mention my caraway sauerkraut? 😉
Moldy-oldies are the “I’ll get to it some day” projects and articles that stack up. They may or may not be useful. We think they are important, to some degree. Or maybe they help us to feel important. We think they will enrich our lives in some way, but we have no clear intention about them. Oh sure, sometimes we do have intentions and they are earnest projects. Life happens and we become distracted. (My clients know to plan for 80% of their time because Life Happens.) The trick to moldy-oldies is still to have a plan and a timeline for them. Just like fine wine has a window between when it is glorious and when it becomes vinegar, so too, do projects.
This month, look around. What are your moldy-oldies? How many are past their prime and ready to be released? Will you lose anything truly valuable by letting them go right now? If yes, make a timeline and commitment to when you will work on them and when they will be completed. Create intention. Focus your attention. This will help to determine if the mold is working for you or against you.