|Declutter. Persevere. Keep Moving Forward. Moving|
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AUGUST 2020 Newsletter This is moving month. After many wonderful years in our current home, we are downsizing for the final time into a graduated care community in this same town. I originally hated the idea of leaving our beautiful home and wonderful, unique neighborhood, but things have changed and we now have a wonderful buyer for our place and a brand new little cottage to move into! Life is good!
Those of you who really know me know that my dear and wonderful Mom was a hoarder. It was so terribly hard for her to let go of things so moving her out of her big house into a retirement community was very, very difficult for her, and almost impossible for us, her daughters. I will spare you the details but now it is my turn to downsize for the last time and move into our final home. It is a hard reality but I am excited and ready to roll with this!
As the daughter of a hoarder, I have the exact same tendencies. I tend to want to hang on to everything: to friendships, to favorite clothes, to favorite books, to photos and memorabilia, well, you get the picture. I have way too much of everything even though my home is neat and not piled with boxes, containers, and piles of clothing the way hoarders get. It is amazing how much stuff one can pack away into cupboards and closets. We have given away at least 4 truck loads of stuff and more to come. For this old keeper of just about anything, it feels so good to be lightening up.
I was thinking about this the other day and wondering why, what is the difference this time? This time the purging feels so good and I look forward to it whereas in the past it has been heart wrenching to part with things.
For one thing, I think it is our age. We’ve reached an age where we don’t need a lot of what we thought we did! We don’t use our professional tools any longer. We don’t need huge reference books because everything is online. We won’t be doing our own yard work any longer so all that can go. We don’t entertain the way we used to. We don’t have house guests like we used to. SO MUCH JOY in letting go!
For another, I think on a more 5th dimensional level we are all letting go of things: old beliefs, old ways of doing things, old patterns, old systems…..there is a lot of letting go in the collective unconscious so I am totally inspired and in sync with what is going on globally. I feel so supported in this and hope you do too. Have you noticed yourself wanting to organize/clean out/declutter?
Thanks to my Mom and her Mom, I had several very nice things. But life isn’t like it used to be so although they are lovely, I never used them. And we have some nice furniture that we are letting go of. It occurred to me to sell these things but then it didn’t feel right. I was getting a strong message to just let things go and release them into other hands, hands that would love and cherish what I could no longer use. THAT felt right.
Fast forward to a recent Saturday when my husband took another truck load of stuff to Habitat. There was a line for drop off and while waiting, he opened up the back of the truck and there was a brass planter. The woman behind him, about our age, stepped up and asked if she could buy the planter. Oh, she said, I am from England and I love things like that. Bill replied, No M’am, you can’t buy it but I will give it to you. Then she spied another painted planter and asked if she could buy that. No he, replied, you can’t buy anything. My wife is very generous and she would love that you love her things so just take them. Then he showed her a collection of little things that I always thought I would use with my own grandchildren but it isn’t going to happen so I had sent them away to be treasured and used by other children. Imagine my delight that I now know what happened to those precious things! They ended up with this lady for HER grandchildren and I know she couldn’t have afforded to buy this herself for them. I was THRILLED by all this when he told me. THRILLED! It was much more fun and soul satisfying than keeping them locked away in a closet for years. I love the joy of giving!
You can probably tell how excited I was over this even days later as I write it down. So what’s my point? (My husband always says I am too long winded and don’t get to the point fast enough but I do love a tale!) My point is to share this experience with you so you might be inspired to pass things along that you no longer use. The general wisdom is if you haven’t used something in the last year and can’t foresee a need for it in the near future, out it goes. I guarantee you, you will make someone’s day! Further, the more we can do this on the physical level, the faster it will duplicate in the collective unconscious bringing the 5th dimension into our reality faster. Bring it on you guys! Perseverance “If you can’t fly, then run. If you can’t run, then walk. If you can’t walk, then crawl, but do whatever you have to do to move forward.” Martin Luther King, Jr.
For moving forward I would suggest using the blue color spray. The color of water, movement, change. For the challenge of change that could be affecting you negatively, orange is your friend. Find these and all the rainbow colors in my shop!
Photo of Great White Heron by Ken Klancnik
Ken is going to contribute a nature photo for the newsletter for your enjoyment. Can you see the green around the eyes?
This is the Table of Contents for Simply Color for Everyday Living, the latest book in the Simiply Color series. It was written by 25 professionals plus myself and covers all these ways to use color. Dr. Quaranto describes it as a “combination of self developement, feng shui,” and “tons of ideas.” The book is a great gift item, as well as a wonderful book for your own library and reference http://www.lifepotentials.net/media/books
Happy August! Enjoy the last days of summer! Until next month…..
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Choosing to Walk a Path Close to the Edge
I got a phone call today from a colleague who over the years has become a friend as well. Her news stunned me. She is separating from her husband, leaving her industry and moving toward a more spiritually based business. I could sense her anxiety, her excitement, her fear, her joy. These are scary transitions and changes, yet she knows that to be true to herself, they are all necessary steps.
She called to ask if I would mentor her through this. She said she realized she was doing what I did years ago and she wants someone to help her negotiate the pitfalls, the surprises, the potholes, the challenges of what she is undertaking.
She was asking me to guide her through that desolate land I negotiated myself years ago.
Facing Resistance, Personal Complexity & Pain
I was stunned because, to tell the truth, when I went through this process of moving from one industry to another, of giving up my job and reinventing myself, of sorting out my personal life and making it more supportive of who I am, I just did it. I did not plan it, it just happened. One day I woke up and just couldn’t do that old life any more. So I started changing things.
It was so hard. I not only had to buck my family and clients and friends but I also had to learn what truly supported me. I had to search my own soul to find out who I truly am in my core. I had to figure out why I was here and how I was to bring that me to the world.
It was hard. But so worth it. So worth it that I have forgotten the pain and effort and fear. Rather like having a baby, I got so enchanted with my new life that the past faded away. I have gotten so involved in the present that the past doesn’t come into my thoughts very often, and when it does, it visits for a short time and leaves.
Honoring My Voice, My Truth
I am grateful to my friend and colleague for reaching out to me today. She has reminded me of the struggle I went through, of the victories I have attained, of the gifts I have been given by listening to my own voice, my own truth and following it even though others around me resisted my changing.
An Invitation to Step Close to the Edge
If your life isn’t working, something is out of alignment. If we don’t shift, that situation gets worse. Those nudges we get are there for a purpose. They are there to get us to change, to move on, to rearrange out lives, to reinvent ourselves. It takes courage to do so, but it is, in the end, much more painful to stay stuck.
Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life. ~Steve Jobs
Live. Live your own life. Listen to your truth, step into your own shoes — and walk your path close to the edge.
As childhoods go, mine was not outstanding in any way. Other than that, I’ve always had good angels: Angels who kept me from doing things I shouldn’t have, and angels who protected me from harm.
I had the usual problems and just the right woundings to take me into adulthood to create the challenges I would need to deal with. I’ve had plenty of those: challenges that is. But each one has brought me closer to becoming the person I wish to be. So in a strange way, it’s all been good.
The longer I live, the more amazed I am at how few years we spend in childhood, and how many years we spend getting over it. We literally spend our entire adult lives getting over it! Isn’t that sort of weird when you think about it?
Gives new meaning to the phrase: “Get over it!” doesn’t it. Well, I imagine one day after I’m long gone I will get over it, but meanwhile, I’m still learning from those early years!