Goodbye With the Old, Week Fourteen in the Time of Transition
I’m in my congested closet trying to decide which of the various, multi-colored pocketbooks and bags I’m going to let go. I tend to rely on the same two or three, but I love to choose from the others on special occasions. Of course, there have been few special occasions in the past year or so. Nonetheless I had the privilege of attending a joyous outdoor event last night, and though no one else would care, I was so happy to sport the perfect small, blue bag for the evening.
As it turns out I’m not as willing to give up as many bags as I thought. I was able to go through my closet, and doing my own version of Marie Kondo, I let go of anything that no longer brought me joy. Three bags later and I’m feeling a bit lighter. I love the concept of evaluating things based on the joy it provides. It works in so many areas of our lives.
I gave up my gym membership. I prefer movement in my own company or walking with a friend. I was able to downsize my social life so that I can recharge more effectively. Plus, I feel no obligation to continue to read books that aren’t right for the time, or watch shows that may be good, but for me.
All this gives me a freedom. I may be busy, but my life is less crowded. My defenses less fired. As I let go to enjoy more peace, I feel the joy.
- Let go of something that is joyless this week. It can be a plan you made or an item in the back of your closet. Start small.
- Experiment with doing something differently. Workout with someone if you tend to go solo. Or drink your favorite beverage in a new cup or glass. See if you like the change.
- Muster the courage to disagree with someone who can be forceful. Or, if you tend to voice your disagreement, have the courage to listen quietly, perhaps hearing from a new place.