As William Bridges says, “Without releasing the fruits of one season, you cannot blossom into the next.”
In that spirit, below are some ideas to help you let go of your excess “been there, done that” belongings and replace them with something better.
• Collect experiences instead of things. Shift your focus from accumulating things to accumulating experiences and storing good memories. Unlike physical belongings, your life experiences will only increase in value over time and can truly be savored later.
• Yearn to learn. Shifting your focus to learning will not only add to your knowledge base and expand your thinking, it’ll require your time, your energy and your focus. Best of all, no matter how much knowledge you gain, it will be easy to carry with you anywhere you go and it won’t require any physical storage place in your home.
• Expand your connections. What’s another good replacement for your excess “stuff” and belongings? New connections and new friends. This is yet another focus that takes time and energy, and will help to set your course in a positive new direction. A good place to start is to get out and meet a neighbor or two you don’t know, or start up a conversation with a few people you see repeatedly in your normal daily life.
• Live to give. “It’s not what you gather but what you scatter that tells what kind of life you’ve lived.” (Source unknown). Shifting from gathering to scattering all that you have to give might mean volunteering your time for a cause you believe in or an organization you support. Or what about keeping an eye out for someone who needs a helping hand or a listening ear? Try this out and focus on sharing your talents and abilities with the world around you. I promise that you won’t have to look far, and you’ll very likely reap as much (or more) from what you have to give. ••
Sue Ronnenkamp is corporate director of community life at Wesley Enhanced Living.