Instead of making New Year's resolutions this year, I have chosen one word as a point of focus. Hopefully the word "cleanse" will remind me of the chore ahead...and help to keep me on track.
We moved into this tiny home last summer, but have not entirely dealt with our "things." Some are still at the old house, many have been given away, and there is much more that will be sold in a yard sale this summer. How on earth did I ever acquire so much??? Why did I acquire so much, and why did I keep what I did acquire?
Perhaps that I felt that I could keep loved ones close by touching what was once theirs. Perhaps I felt that I could keep my children little by keeping their toys. Now those once loved items have become burdens.
I want my only focus to be working on my garden...or painting my next picture. I don't want to bother with STUFF anymore. I want to cleanse my home...declutter and simplify.
Wayne Dyer speaks of the "autumn of our lives" and how what was once important in our youth...(the spring of our life)...would no longer pertain as we enter into "Autumn." He speaks about opening ourselves to our Source and allowing ourselves to be directed...submitting to the will of All Wise, All Knowing, and All Loving source that has many names. How true it is that those things that were once so important in our youth, lose their value and importance as we age.
Maybe the word I have chosen should be part of a longer phrase.... "Focus and Cleanse and Allow."
I hope that 2011 will be as exciting for you as it seems to promise it will be...for me.
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