“There are things that we never want to let go of, people we never want to leave behind. But keep in mind that letting go isn’t the end of the world, it’s the beginning of a new life.” –Unknown
I hate to give up. I hate to give away and I hate to say good-bye. I know it’s normal and it’s the right thing to do but I truly despair at letting go. Doesn’t matter if it’s a pair of the most comfy old shoes that I wouldn’t dare be seen wearing in public or one of the kids’ notebooks that was from their freshman French class. I kept it because, who knows? one of us might someday be travelling to France and need to know French phrases. And then there are people. Let’s not get started on people. I hang on well past the point of diminished self-respect. Sometimes I’m not even sure why we’re still hanging together. Has it just become a habit? Are we too afraid to “unfriend” each other when we clearly have different values and no longer enjoy the same things? How about the end of a book? If it’s a really great book, I’m left longing for more. I sit there feeling lonely and bereft, missing my literary friends. That one I do have a solution for….write a bunch of sequels ad nauseam until I’m ready to scream “Uncle!”
“Don’t cry because it’s over. Smile because it happened.” – Dr. Seuss
Well, you can call me whatever you want….sentimental, a pack rat, the list goes on….but there is one thing I am very happy to lose….this extra body weight. Not shedding even a single tear as I watch it go away…..
“When I let go of what I am, I become what I might be.” – Lao Tzu
I also seem to be pretty good at giving away those baggy clothes (ok, there is admittedly a small twinge at giving away perfectly good clothing) Now, if only I could sew!
Part of this whole reinvention is about changing my life in all areas. While I clean up the clutter in my house, I get a perspective on how to clean up the clutter in the other areas of my life. My 2 biggest challenges at the moment are: being able to determine what is truly clutter and being able to let go………….
“I believe that everything happens for a reason. People change so that you can learn to let go, things go wrong so that you appreciate them when they’re right, you believe lies so you eventually learn to trust no one but yourself, and sometimes good things fall apart so better things can fall together.”