A few weeks ago a friend of mine and I were watching a show called Hoarders. The show is about people that find it difficult to throw things away, keeping them throughout their life resulting in having a place full of stuff with minimum space for movement. The houses tend to be horrendous, not only they are filled with things that the occupier does not need but also super dirty as you can imagine that they are impossible to clean!
I was thinking of the series as I was going through my papers figuring out which ones to keep and which ones to recycle and realised how much more stressful my life is because I have them. Every time I move houses it takes me at least a week to prepare all boxes, not to mention that I have to pay more in removal services, the more boxes I have. As time passes by, I seem to accumulate more and more things, most of which I used a few times and stopped using again. However, how much more lighter and happier do you feel every time you get rid of something that you do not need?
Isn't this the very same thing we also do with our experiences? We accumulate emotions and feelings even if they are far from serving us, going through life with expectations and invisible burden that do not allow us to welcome anything new and exciting. How could we add anything else when there is no space for it?
This week, I encourage you to take a look at the space around you and identify which things you hold on to and why? What purpose do they serve? If you haven't used them in 6 months, let them go. Throw them, recycle them, give them to charity or sell them. Just let go!
In my experience, if you let go of the stuff you do not need, then letting go of emotions and experiences that do not serve you any more is much easier. This tends to be the case as after getting rid of the stuff you feel more empowered. Then, go ahead identify experiences or situations that obstruct you from moving on and decide to let them go, you may need to express them, decide to stop being a victim, forgive yourself and focus on the present and how to bring more joy in your life.
As much as it may seem daunting, it is a great practice to do at least once every six months to keep track of where you are and where you want to be. It won't be easy in the beginning but taking small steps and making slow progress goes a long way.
I hope this serves you. Thank you for making me a part of your day today.
I am always grateful for you,