Clutter, clutter, clutter. It’s spring, and time to let go of “stuff.” Material hoards, emotional baggage, psychological burdens.
Along with lots of old books and toys, I would like to let go of several pounds, negative self-talk, and bad habits like procrastination.
How’s that for a load that I’d be happy to give away? I’d like to put those items outside in containers, for the next charitable cause that calls and asks for a curbside donation of unused “stuff”?
I wish it was that simple.
Hmmm. In some ways, it is. Maybe I should just say “YES” to every chance to let go. It’s a way to take things, as Twelve Step programs recommend, one step at a time.
And that’s how we take our journeys, isn’t it? One step, one day, one experience at a time.
Wouldn’t it be good news to realize that transformative wish lists – like the one I mentioned above – are possible to achieve?
Personal goals like that are actually do-able.
For instance, we can handle challenges by tackling them in small increments. Then they feel – and are – manageable. Just come up with simple, small progressions of choices and actions that allow each of us – you and me — to be successful.
I’m gonna try.
Here’s my moment! Tomorrow the pick-up vehicle for Big Brother Big Sister will show up at my house. They will haul away the leftover “things” that I stack up in bags and boxes outside my front door.
It’s win-win. They need “stuff” for fundraising. I want to shed more “stuff.”
A few weeks ago, when the Epilepsy Foundation came by for donations, I discarded 21 black garbage bags filled with old toys, clothing, books, and miscellaneous items. Ironically, when you looked around the house, you couldn’t tell that I’d cleared away that much clutter.
Though the change wasn’t visible, I felt good about it. It swept away a few cobwebs in my heart and dustballs in my brain.
Now I get to do it again!
Don’t discount the correlation between your physical environment and your interior life. Believe in the strong connections between your outward surroundings and your inner wellbeing. If you can let go of some old belongings and clear away messy closets and overstuffed corners, you unload emotional or mental burdens, too.
Once I clean out a closet or drawer, I notice that I am more likely to make other small changes. I can, with patience and kindness toward myself, become more physically fit and emotionally stable. For instance, I tend to:
- Eat better every day (choose the protein vs the carb, the hot tea vs the soda)
- Move more often (just go for a walk several times a week
- Meditate as part of a regular practice (yoga or prayer)
Of course, my greatest challenge is follow-through. I start out with good intentions, dive in gung-ho, then lose momentum, and give up. Ugh.
So sometimes making the commitment WITH a buddy helps. Or enrolling in a fitness class, joining a study group, or participating in a structured program like Weight Watchers reinforces good habits, lifestyle lessons and self-discipline.
Part of success is also saying “YES” to offers of change. “YES” when my friend invites me to exercise at the YMCA or go for a walk. “YES” when Big Brother Big Sister calls to pick up used belongings. “YES” when someone suggests going to a yoga session.
Or finding those chances myself, and being the one to start the buddy system, by extending the offer to others!
“YES.” You may say it someone else. But you’re also saying it to yourself.
You’re reading it here. This is my resolution for the new season. Along with putting out bags of “stuff” tomorrow, I’m taking opportunities to make changes in my own wellbeing and self-care, and answering “YES.”
But that’s tomorrow. Today I’m indulging myself. Heh-heh.