So here it is Saturday night and we are a week into the new year. I promised you all that I would continue writing and taking you along on my journey. So with that in mind and continuing on my journey of minimizing and letting go I have already noticed a change. You see minimizing isn’t just about decluttering your life with things. But as fellow blogger minimalistsouls noted it is about a life transformation. You can read their article here (https://wordpress.com/read/feeds/57345920/posts/1278132003).
There is one change/mindset that I feel is going to be one of my harder obstacles along this path that I am struggling with and that is the need to slow down! I mentioned in an earlier blog that getting rid of the excess in my life was not going to be an overnight occurrence as it did not take only one day to accumulate. But I, like most red blooded Americans, want it done and want it NOW! I feel I am truly struggling with this mindset, and as I reexamine my life, it is probably something I have always dealt with. I have never really been known for my patience. 🙂
I am currently looking around my office/craft room and seeing piles of books (listed for sale on Amazon in case your interested…rzahrte), piles of stuff to give away, and piles of stuff yet to go through. In my head I am hearing my inner two year old scream, why can’t it be gone now! I know, I know as I comfort her, I say I completely understand, but it doesn’t work that way.
Really if you think about it, that is the problem or rather one of the many. We want things and we want them immediately. We didn’t slow down to think about the purchase at the time. Was it something I really needed, or the family really needed? We had all the good intentions in the world of using it and looked at it a million times, while it quietly sat on our shelf, telling ourselves that someday I will use it, someday I will need it, someday….someday…..
Someday never came, probably won’t. And even if it does then what!? The thing I probably needed/wanted to use or read will be outdated, updated and perhaps available for viewing online or at my local library. It wasn’t something I really needed taking up space in my home. This is the reason we have two car garages that do not contain cars and millions of square feet in personal storage units….mindless, thoughtless consumption.
SLOW DOWN! Just slow down. The lesson I am learning is that the piles in my home will diminish, I mean good grief its only been a week. If I take the time to truly make the changes in my life instead of making shoot from the hip decisions, they are more meaningful and are more than likely will stick with me. Because it is not just about getting rid of the stuff, it is about changing my view point, changing how I feel about it.
So, if you have something you really NEED for your home feel free to ask me, I may be ready to part with mine. Meanwhile, I will be slowing down, enjoying life and the many people in it. Many blessings!