Can you relate?
We Americans (and certainly others as well) have too much. Too much stuff in our houses. Too much on our to do lists. To many things to think about. Too much drama. Our spaces are full. Our time is packed. Our brains are crammed. The line between multi-tasking and mania is not thin and we sailed across it long ago.
There are several problems with this. First, so much stuff weighs on us. Whether it’s tangible stuff or mental and emotional stuff, it’s heavy on our minds, bodies and spirits. It’s exhausting.
Worst of all, because our lives are physically and metaphorically so full, there’s no room for anything new and wonderful to come in. How many opportunities do we miss because we’re busy and rushed and focused on what has to get done. How many bits of joy do we fail to harvest because we didn’t even see them?
To let more joy in, we have to clear a path. We can all reclaim our space and our time and our minds if we find a way to purge and simplify.
Is your home a haven? Is it a place where you can breathe and rejuvenate? Or is it a place where you’re reminded of all the chores and projects that never got done? A place that is as stressful inside as out. Serenity at home is vital to our well-being. A good rule of thumb is that if you don’t truly love it, need it, or use it, it should go away. Here are some tips for getting organized and taking control of your life.
How much time do you spend in a typical week doing something that you truly love? Something that fills you up and nurtures your spirit? If you’re like me, your answer is “not nearly enough.”
Take a hard look at your to do list. What can be delegated? What can you say no to? What can just plain go undone? It’s OK to make time for yourself. In fact, a happier you means a happier everyone else in your life.
I’m all for being well-informed. It’s true that knowledge is power. However, I think that the 24-hour onslaught of news is really bad for us. We are subjected to a constant stream of war, violence, molestation, natural disasters, kidnapping, nastiness, scandal and death. How do you go out into the world as a joyful, positive person after that?! Please pass the Zoloft. It’s not healthy and it’s time to turn it off.
This is a hard one. Think about the people around you. How many of them support you and make you smile? Know anyone who drains your energy, complicates your life, sabotages your happiness or causes you pain? As difficult as it can be, perhaps it’s time to demand your own well-being and say good bye.
Is your life over-full? Please share your thoughts and suggestions on how to purge and simplify.