Letting Go

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Letting Go

In the last decade, I have moved more times than I would like to admit.  It is not as important as to why so many displacements have taken place as it is to understand what I have accumulated over the years and am now willing to let go!

Things!  They become something that we find hard to part with the older we get.  As children, we receive toys and tend to hoard them to the extent that “sharing” is a problem. Why would we want to risk sharing the one beautiful doll we just received only to discover that our friend might break it, lose it or worse never give it back.

Our lives seem to get smaller as we get older.  You would think that with more knowledge we would only expand our ourselves instead of imploding into these little worlds where everything we do seems safe and comfortable.  As wiser individuals, we should be able to broaden our perspective and be less clingy and more likely to explore the unknown.

I’m moving for the 5th time in 9 years.  This time, I have purchased a condo that I expect to hold on to for the rest of my life…whether I live there or not.  So what has changed?  I’m letting go of “STUFF”.  Yes, all the things that I have dragged with me over the last 9 and in some cases 28 years.  Dragging these things forward each and every move has taught me one thing…”If I have not touched, used or even looked at any of these items, then they were not worth storing and definitely not worth dragging forward to the next abode.”

It isn’t easy letting go of anything, a relationship being the hardest.  But if you can get through that… then certainly letting go of all the other stuff has to be easier. It is time to move forward and enjoy life from the perspective of experience sake.  Experiencing the people you know, the moments you share, the places you visit, the incredible moment-to-moment joys.  This is what I plan to  accumulate for the remainder of my life.  Just the memories.

  • Marta, I have also have lived in 9 different homes in my lifetime, do I completely relate! Andrew Mellen says, “More love, less stuff!” I was so proud of myself when I got rid of the storage units was paying for monthly for years – more than the “stuff” was worth. I donated everything to charity and took a huge write-off. The problem is I keep accumulating (gifts, travel souvenirs). I admit it is a form of addiction, and I am working on it. In Nashville last week we visited a very famous plantation which was huge and had expansive grounds. The closets were miniscule. People didn’t always have so much stuff.

    Thank you for sharing your experience and what you have learned.