Some people refer to it as “spring cleaning” others refer to it as a “detox” or “cleanse” but whatever your means for ridding yourself of the burdens you’ve been carrying around for so long, there comes a time when it’s okay to hurl the bundle off your back, find a nice shady spot and to lighten your load.
You may be carrying around things from your past because you may find them useful one day. Like the mini-screwdriver in your back pack or the loose change which seemed to grow in your wallet when all of a sudden if feels like you are carrying a brick in your bag. The loads we carry may not only include the dirty laundry piling up in the corner but it may mean the internal stuff we seem to hold onto for no apparent reason other than it’s always been there.
When you lighten your load in work, in family in your personal health, you make room for the new. It’s really that simple. Holding onto things that no longer serve a purpose and have accumulated over time means that you are blocking anything new from coming into your life. Finding the time to unburden yourself from those people, situations and personal habits that hold you back maybe time consuming but a necessary evil if you are to forge ahead on a new path in life.
At work you may struggle with a cluttered desk or you may have the desire to hold onto paper files for all eternity thinking, “I’m going to need those one day”. At home, your closets and drawers may be packed with clothes you can no longer fit into as you think, “One day I’ll wear this again.” We all have a habit of clinging to the past when it’s long gone and really what we are physically holding onto is a memory of what was which holds us back from what will be.
Knowing when it’s time to let go is probably the hardest part. Looking at the way you do things from the way you think about things is part of the process of letting go. There is liberation, although scary for some, in knowing that’s it okay to get rid of something you no longer need or want for fear you’ll never replace it again. Quite the contrary embracing the unknown and letting go truly liberates you into forging ahead no matter where your new path may lead. So when you think you’ve had enough of pushing against the clutter that has become your life, it’s okay to start to shed the unnecessary and make room for the new.
Life has a way of adding to your load even when you practice a simple life. Why complicate it by holding onto what no longer works, whether it’s your job, a relationship, or the 20 pounds you need to lose? With a little “action, commitment and determination” you can lay down your bundles and lighten your load with ease and confidence and trust that all will work out because, really it always does.
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