Let It Go!
Today is a new day and another fresh start. I just came of a month straight of taking part in the Minimalism Game, the Minimalists 30 Day (or in my case, 31 day) Challenge. #MinsGame
Here's how it works, you "get rid of one thing on the first day. On the second, two things. Three items on the third. So forth, and so on."
It's starts off easy, but I tell you, finding 20+ things to get rid for days in a row can prove to be quite the challenge.
But, I did it. Some days I struggled to let go, and dreaded what was to come. I became anxious about the impending reality of opening the drawer of treasured VHS tapes, you know the ones I was saving for my grandchildren... the grandchildren that will have no idea what a VHS tape is...Yep, those grandkids that don't even exist yet.
Going through the process of letting go, although stressful at times, proved to be exhilarating. I found such freedom in loosening the grasp I had on things that I had not looked at for years, things that I didn't need, and things that I realized actually had their grasp on me. Less was becoming more in my life.
By the last day, I found myself sad that it was over, because I still had "stuff" that I didn't need, things that just took up space and served no purpose.
These past 31 days, as I see it, are just the beginning. Letting go has also curbed my appetite to accumulate more. I think more deeply about why I am buying "things" and as I process these decisions, I find that most of the time, whether in the store or browsing online, I simply pass and walk on by the extra stuff.
My home is happy and my bank account is not sacrificed because of my shopping impulses.
And really, it's not about the "stuff." It's deeper than that. As I tossed the objects, the weight on my heart became lighter as well. It was a great mental discipline and a freeing exercise for my soul.
Letting go! What a workout!
Here is a link to the the challenge if you are up for the task. If you do it, let me know how it goes! I'd love to hear! http://www.theminimalists.com/game/
In the meantime, Enjoy the snapshots of my past 31 days of Letting go!
10/2/2017 02:45:36 pm
Wow Mia! Great job. I hate to even admit it, but I'm kinda addicted to my junk. Lol! But seriously..today I was going through & sorting my clothes to bring out my fall clothes and all of a sudden I started letting things go. I still had some things from when I was married and it felt liberating to let them go. So hurray for purging. We got this! Many hugs from Pittsburgh!!!
10/6/2017 04:11:01 am
Great to hear from you and Yay for letting go. Even if we do it in baby steps!
10/13/2017 04:40:17 am
Since we have a goal of moving into a tiny house in 3-5 years, I've been purging heavily all year. So far, I've gotten rid of 538 books! And tons of other stuff. It is so freeing! And kind of addicting. And embarrassing. I look around my house and think of all I've let go of and see a very full house still. We are so materialistic. We need to put more of our energy and money into things eternal instead.
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As an imperfect servant of the Lord, I often feel I am fumbling my way through life, looking upward for guidance and outward to love. So, I write about it, to break up the noise in my head.