January 3, 2008

Beware New Clothes

In this season of New Year's resolutions, I came across a timely quote from Thoreau's Walden.
I say, beware of all enterprises that require new clothes, and not rather a new wearer of clothes. If there is not a new man, how can the new clothes be made to fit? If you have any enterprise before you, try it in your old clothes. All men want, not something to do with, but something to do, or rather something to be. Perhaps we should never procure a new suit, however ragged or dirty the old, until we have so conducted, so enterprised or sailed in some way, that we feel like new men in the old, and that to retain it would be like keeping new wine in old bottles. Our moulting season, like that of the fowls, must be a crisis in our lives. (via 43 Folders)
My "new clothes" tend to be organization systems: software, gadgets, and even paper calenders and such. This year is the first time in quite a while that I sticking with the same system, a pocket calendar/notebook for personal things and an online calendar/task list for work. Maybe I'll spend less time "getting organized" and more time doing real stuff. Here's hoping anyway.

What kind of "new clothes" lure you?

1 comment:

  1. Tokyo MommyJanuary 19, 2008

    Looking at kindergartens for my daughter, but trying to avoid ones that require uniforms (unless, of course the uniforms are inexpensive, practical and don't require dry cleaning)!