So it is finally 2016. It is still early enough in the new year where I can smell remnants of straggling pieces of evergreen & peppermint meeting the eager spirits of those new year resolutions. Although we aren’t a full month into 2016, if you venture into any store you will notice how swiftly the memorable colors of Christmas have now been replaced with the pink and red love notes of February. The retail market wastes no time in pulling the old to make room for the new. The products that they know will make customers buy, buy, buy – which simply makes these big dollar companies happy.
I have known for quite some time how important space is, but still I find myself in the middle of clutter and chaos. For about two months now I’ve been making a sincere effort to de-clutter my space i.e. my life. The spaces that I am focusing on include my environment (home), mental/physical space, and lastly my personal space (my bubble). When these spaces are cluttered I am troubled with anxiety, worry & fear; all emotions that hold no true purpose in my life. It took some time, but once I forced myself to pinpoint the culprit of these emotions I knew I was ready to let some things go so that I could breathe again.
It’s hard to let go of things we think we can’t live without. It takes courage to let go of things we once loved. I think we hold, well I, hold on to things because of the nostalgic feelings attached these items. Although there are often wonderful feelings connected to certain items I know that constant reminders of the past were not only a distraction for me, but instead a trigger leading me to compare my past to my present, creating mental turmoil. The only things that came from these obsessive comparisons was fear, self-doubt, and worry.
I am constantly evolving, and holding on to past feelings was only hindering my growth.
Mentally I feel stronger, some days I even feel untouchable. Everyday I remind myself that I create my own happiness. Being mindful of my emotions keeps me in a place of inner peace. Even when I do become stressed, fearful, or sad I have learned that allowing myself to feel through these emotions instead of becoming upset that I feel this way has been extremely beneficial. It’s okay to be sad sometimes. Life isn’t always sunshine. BUT have your moment then get up. Don’t wallow in self-pity. It will take you no where.
I thought this de-cluttering process would just be a quick resolution of mine. At the beginning I was merely focusing on the physical, but while doing this it forced me to realize that my mind needed a good cleansing as well, which in turn lead me to look deep into relationships in my life. This organic transition has led me on this new journey. I hope to keep my spaces clear of negativity and my mind full of peace in this new year and the coming years as well.