As 2016 dawns, our thoughts turn to new beginnings. What better way to herald a fresh start then to part with some of the things we no longer need or use. Most of us have drawers and closets and cabinets in our homes where we stash things that aren’t immediately useful. Maybe it’s time to spend a few hours cleaning out our piles of accumulated junk.
I don’t know about you, but getting rid of clutter always makes me feel lighter and happier. I love filling up bags with old clothing and household items and taking them to Goodwill. Sure, it’s not easy to part with some things, but once they’re gone, I don’t even think about them any more.
Besides getting rid of tangible objects we no longer need or use, the same principle can apply to the anxieties, emotions, and worries we carry around inside. You know what I’m talking about: those nagging feelings that weigh us down and make us feel miserable.
One example is learning how to forgive. When we carry anger and hurt feelings inside, we are choosing to make ourselves unhappy. Feelings like these are a poison and hurt us more than the people we are mad at. But when we practice forgiveness, we free ourselves from this negative energy. Letting go liberates us and lets us move forward feeling lighter and happier.
On the flip side, we all have times when we need to ask forgiveness. I’ll admit I sometimes lash out at people. Maybe I’m in a bad mood or deadline is adding stress to my life. I always feel guilty afterwards, but once it’s done, it’s done. Or is it? I’ve learned at this stage in my life that saying I’m sorry and admitting my mistake is not that hard to do. It helps clear the air and allows room for forgiveness.
In the coming weeks and months, as winter settles over Tidewater, I plan to do some de-cluttering. I’ll start with the piles of junk discreetly hidden in cabinets and closets in my home. Then I’ll look for the negative stuff that’s cluttering up my insides. My mantra for the new year is Letting Go.
I hope you find time this month to do some letting go of your own. After all, when we de-clutter our surroundings, we are making room for positive growth and change. Staying stuck in the same place isn’t what we’re here for. It’s time to prepare for change by letting go of the things we hold onto that we don’t need anymore. Let it go.