What is it about the stuff we hang on to? You know, the stuff that we never use, that gets shuffled around and always ends up in our way, but that we just can’t bring ourself to get rid of?
Here are a few things that come to my mind when I think about this:
- That expensive outfit that I ended up hardly ever wearing because it just wasn’t me.
- That pair of skinny jeans that I will fit into one day, and the pair of baggy jeans just in case I need them again.
- That gift that I never really wanted, but I don’t want to offend the giver by getting rid of.
- Those books that I thought I would like to read but never could get into.
- That item that I just might need someday.
There are lots of reasons why we are attached to things, but the more stuff we have, the more space it takes up, and the more it gets in our way.
Really, what’s the worst that could happen if we got rid of it?
Learning to Let Go
A lot of the times, the stuff that we hang on to drags us down. I think about the outfit that I never throw away. Not only does it take up space in my closet, but every time I look at it, I feel guilty for not wearing it.
If you are hanging on to things out of fear or guilt or shame or should, maybe it’s time to allow yourself to let go of them.
When we learn to let go of these things that are simply crowding our life, we gain freedom. Freedom in terms of space, and freedom from the negative emotions that might be attached to those things.
What are some of the things in your life that you have difficulty getting rid of? How would letting go of those things allow you to gain freedom?