clearing the clutter – finding your life
Goodness knows, there is a LOT I could toss and never miss for a moment. However, I know my books will definitely be last on the list (when we moved to this smaller house about five years ago, I DID get rid of hundreds of books, mostly as donations to the library – but don’t think I can do it again). Where is my will power??
Gail Blake writes about a woman who came into her office
not long ago with what was supposed to be her list of throwaways but didn’t want to talk about it. She had taken a leaf out of John Nash’s playbook and was focused on what was important to her–and only on what was important to her. When she’d left my office a couple of weeks earlier, she’d been resolute about letting go of whatever was dragging her down or holding her back. At the time, I didn’t know how resolute.
“C’mon,” I said. “What are you throwing out?”
Finally she said, “Okay, okay, I’ll tell you. I went home after our last session and threw out the guy I’d been living with for eleven years! I finally realized he was the one who was holding me back and weighing me down.
“But Gail,” she continued, looking worried, “do I still have to throw out forty-nine more things?”
“That’ll do it for today,” I said. “Take the week off. Then you can get crackin’ on the next forty-nine!”