Letting Go of 101 Things
Letting Go of 101 Things
What would you get rid of if you were challenged to let go of 101 things? I’m in the process of combing through belongings to meet that challenge. It’s part of a class I’m taking at church.
It really is a challenge too. I just moved 3 months ago. I got rid of a TON of stuff. I left a TON of stuff behind with my ex. I purposely created a new space with very little extra. How can I possibly have 101 extra of anything?
The principles make total sense to me though. When I went to India and lived out of a suitcase for a month, I saw just how little I really need and how clear-headed I was when I wasn’t weighed down by stuff. When I have fewer options in my closet, it’s so much easier to choose an outfit. When I have piles of papers, I feel stressed. Remove the piles, and my stress diminishes.
So what am I getting rid of? I won't bore you with every item. I won't embarrass myself with some of them. But I can be a little vulnerable...
Item #1. Easy. All those wire hangers. About 50 of them, but I only counted that as one thing. Ha, I can so do this decluttering thing.
Item #10. A cute pair of VS workout pants. I love them but I can sell them on eBay, so not too hard.
Item #50. It’s an act of faith to donate something that I might need at some point in the future. You know, that designer suit that I haven’t worn in 5 years. I might need it for a business meeting some day. Even though I left corporate 2 years ago. Even though my hips are just a little wider than they used to be. Even though I have at least a dozen other suits.
Item #76. It’s an act of surrender to get rid of that super cute watch that has been waiting for a new battery for years. Oh, and yes, I have about a dozen watches too!
Item #101. This one’s tough. It’s a true act of letting go to pull out my beach dress. My ex bought this dress for me on a trip to Barbados. Then I wore this dress when he and I renewed our vows. I want to hold on to my dress because I want to remember when we were happy. If I’m totally honest, I wonder if maybe we’ll find each other again and I’ll want my dress. I know this is just grief showing up in yet another way. I know that living in the past makes it impossible to live fully in the present. So, I bravely remove the dress from the hanger. And, yeah, I cry a little.
I release the old so that I can welcome something new. One hundred and one “something news” to be exact!