Sunday, August 04, 2013
Since retiring in May 2012, I have had a goal to clear clutter. From my home, body, life, mind ... you get the idea. Well, I am pleased to say I have not lost that focus. All rooms on the main floor are done. My husband and I are working on the garage and basement since those have been his "collection" points over the years. Although he is a pack rat at heart, he is on board with getting rid of excess stuff. We either donate it, give it away, sell it, or keep the items we need or hold true sentimental value. It is amazing how much we have been able to remove from the house. We have shelf and closet space that is now empty!!!
With the help of Spark People I am still losing weight, but more importantly have become fitter. Ridding myself of the excuses and rationale I previously used to justify eating junk I knew truly was not good for me. That does not mean I am perfect cause I still will have a treat once in awhile. Or a meal that isn't exactly "healthy". What is important is I stay on track more then derailed. Progress is fulfilling.
In this process, the past few months I have even been able to clear my mind. Much of the baggage I carried with me since childhood is gone. I have been making peace with my past. This is where the Serenity Prayer has been so true for me. At 56, it was time to let go of the ghosts, the bad memories and quit letting the past impact my present. Being retired gave me the luxury of even severing some very toxic relationships with past co-workers. I know it is often written that you can control those relationships, but for me the reality was that in the workplace I had no choice but to interact with some of those folks. My position dictated it. Meetings, committees, working lunches, etc. forced me to have contact with them on a weekly basis.
So ... I am continuing my Journey of clearing the clutter. I read a quote that truly has helped me, "if you can't carry it in your heart, or on your back, you probably don't really need it." I don't know who originally said it, but this saying keeps me moving forward. So, if I ever find the author of that quote, I will let them know what a true inspiration they have been for me.
Well, enough written for the day. It is raining outside ... so it is a perfect day to clear some more clutter.
Blessings your way from the "Land of Oz".