“Why the obsession with worldly possessions? When it’s your time to go, they have to stay behind, so pack light.”
― Alex Morritt, Impromptu Scribe
Hey There FIGs – Friends Inspired by God!
The other day a friend and I visited our favorite shop. It is owned by a French woman and filled with the most sumptuous displays of elegance you’re likely to see in our area. While we have neither space nor the budget to be typical clients, she doesn’t seem to mind when we come in to “Ooh!” and “Ahh!” over her latest presentation.
As we moved from one zone to the next, we came to a corner that was “under construction”. My friend’s reaction: “Look how open it is!” My reaction: “Look how empty it is!” Two very different reactions to the same area – and our homes reflect those points of view. Everything in her home has a specific and regular purpose, and space to use it, while my house is full of as much as possible and no room to use it.
William Morris is credited with saying, “Have nothing in your house that you do not know to be useful, or believe to be beautiful.” Even following that guideline could lead you to an overfilled dwelling. If I don’t regularly edit my stuff, it overwhelms me. It is very tempting to hold on to everything that comes my way, but it is not feasible. I have more projects than I could ever complete, and more supplies to complete all of those projects, but no workspace for me to finish even one of them.
It is time to look at things and think about giving them to someone who will be able to use them.
Sometimes it’s hard to admit that you have changed. Saying goodbye to things can be difficult. It can be scary to move in a new direction and give up the dreams that some possessions represent. As you transform and grow, items that served you well no longer “fit” you. The most obvious is clothing but think of hobbies, books, and toys that stir pleasant memories but are unused. Pass them along to someone else who would be delighted to have them.
It can be even more difficult to give up things that never panned out. Maybe gathering the components for the ‘perfect’ project was the enjoyable part. You have since discovered that you really didn’t want to make the item. Release yourself, and the supplies, by sharing them with someone who will enjoy it.
A book I think you’ll find helpful is “Unstuffed“. But be sure and pass this book forward once you have implemented the message.
Look around and see where you can free up room to enjoy what’s truly important to you.
Goodbye (to clutter),