One principle I love to practice in my life, especially physically, is that of decluttering.
As much as I love keeping stuff (physically) and memories (mentally), I also know when I’ve held on long enough, and when to let go without regrets, having fully maximized their utility.
It gets to a point, when certain stuff, if kept for too long, start constituting trash, become junk and become a general nuisance in your life (physically and mentally).
You generally won’t have enough space for every single thing, you sometimes need to let go of some stuff in order to give yourself some much needed room and space (physically (like breathing) & mentally).
There will always be a time you need to let go of the old to make room for the new…
Many times, we wonder why we’re not getting new stuff (I’m sure we know by now that I don’t just mean physically, I mean in diverse ways and areas), but it’s simply because we’re holding onto some old stuff we should have let go of.
There are times when the old and the new just can’t coexist together, sometimes, there’s simply not enough room for both.
For example, I need new clothes, but everytime I look at my closet, there’s just no room for any addition. Then I realize there are stuff just occupying space, which have actually become useless for various reasons, that I need to get rid of, in order to have room for any new clothes.
It’s often really difficult to move on or make progress in life when you’re simply carrying around too much baggage (physical, emotional, mental…).
Baggage just doesn’t make life any easier. For example, I moved from one house to another. However, instead of getting rid of some of my excess stuff, and disposing them before moving, I carry all of my stuff, both relevant & irrelevant (useless) to the new house. Thereby giving myself unnecessary physical stress, that could have been avoided, if only I’d gotten rid of my junk and decluttered my life.
I hope you all get my drift by now.
So the point is: to practice decluttering your life on a regular basis; quarterly, biannually, annually etc.
It is a healthy habit to keep and develop, making progress in life easier.
A key component, is knowing when to let go without regrets. You know this when you have given your all and made the most out of that thing, you know when you’ve maximized the value and potential of that thing, you know when there’s really nothing left you can do with that thing other than to let it go.
P.S- My examples are mundane happenings in my life from which I see to draw out life lessons.
N.B- Life teaches us lessons from our seemingly mundane experiences in it. Pay attention 😉, don’t just breeze through the happenings…
Love and Grace,