Courage is the power to let go of the familiar.
- Raymond Lindquist
Letting go isn’t easy.
It’s cold and the sun is setting. It’s been raining and the cedar boughs send their deep fragrance over me.
I stand alone, watching.
The gray SUV pulls out onto the road, the tail lights glowing in the darkening day. On top of it are two well used sea kayaks.
They used to be mine.
I feel a piece of my life heading down the road.
They represent who I am or was – a strong adventurous person. It’s as if I’m giving away my life piece by piece.
Letting go isn’t the end of the world, it’s the beginning of a new life.
Our belongings give us a sense of identity. We cling to them believing they represent our past, our history, and in some ways our life.
There’s strength in being able to let go. We can spend our lives acquiring things and never really feel as if it’s enough.
What you own is not who you are. It doesn’t define you as a person although it does feel like that at times.
Living more simply provides the freedom to open up to new experiences. If you’re less focused on acquiring, maintaining or hanging onto your possessions, you’re able to more fully focus on the things that bring joy and meaning to your life.
You’re not letting go of yourself; that stays with you. You’re only letting go of the things that no longer have a place in your life.
Imagine a future less cluttered and less encumbered. Imagine what life will look like living more simply.
Being settled in a simple space surrounded by your family, your friends and those things that truly have meaning will bring a deeper sense of joy than being in the most luxurious surroundings.
Rather than looking for external validation, strive to live fully and presently with a sense of openness. With that openness your creativity will flow more freely bringing a new clarity to your life.
Allow this simplicity to come from a place of abundance rather than scarcity. This isn’t about giving up anything, but making room in your life for what’s really important.
The familiarity of our things feels safe. Letting go doesn’t mean that you don’t have anything left. You’ll still have the things that are important yet feel freer and less encumbered.
Letting go brings a clearer sense of your authentic self. It adds lightness and joy, giving you more energy to fully interact with the world.
Ask yourself what your belongings represent to you. Are they enhancing your life or holding you back?
Discover what they mean to you and what letting go represents.
Let go bit by bit. Find creative ways to recreate the feelings those objects represent. Let go of the uneasiness of feeling as if you’ve lost a part of your identity.
You can make the choice to live a simpler life. The rewards are tremendous.
Today may be all you have. Do you want to spend this day crowded with excessive belongings or filled with rich experiences and the people you love?
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