“Don’t own so much clutter that
you will be relieved
to see your house catch fire.”
Clutter comes in many forms. The things we own and use, the stuff we keep buying, stray or random thoughts we hold on to, emotional debris from the past.
The stuff can be ultimately easy to deal with once we can get past the emotional component of why we hang onto things. Things that no longer work. Things that remind us of a better, sometimes a more difficult time. But there is emotional work. And, there are many books and site that will tell you how to de-clutter your house, desk, etc.
People are a little tougher than the things, as they should be. But out lives can become crowded with people we are no longer attached to, comfortable with, or are functioning on a whole different level and agenda. We should never think of people in terms of their usefulness, but, each of our lives certainly have people who don’t mean us any longterm good. People who are not pleased by our success or achievement. There may even be a few who will intentionally try to block our progress. Once again, this is an emotional minefield through which we must tread carefully. Our intention is rarely to hurt others, but distancing can be a painful process for everyone involved.
The same with our thoughts. We often ruminate things that we cannot change in our lives. We look for the angles and entry points to correct things that have already happened to us, and seek ways to change the results of past events or thinking. The short verse to this song that we play over and over in our heads is that we cannot. We can only change how we think, how we react, going forward.
One day at a time, we change the things we can.