Wednesday, March 19, 2014

What We Keep and What We Cherish

Looking around my room I see photos, art, books, and things that remind me of amazing experiences. Right now I am looking a pillow that is Aboriginal art, a memento of one of my trips to Australia. I see my copy of Yogi Berra's book, "When You Come to a Fork in the Road, Take It!", which he signed after I saw him speak at the 92nd Y in New York. (Great advice, by the way).

I try to keep and showcase things that truly matter to me. My style is eclectic and some might call it busy, but it works for me. What doesn't work is when I realize that I'm hanging on to things that don't matter and that no longer serve me and my life as it is today.

It's spring, and I've already cleaned out two closets. I have more to do, and as I divest I realize that I don't miss what moves on, and I'm happy it has the opportunity to find a new home. I have started getting rid of something when I bring something new. 

Some things like books are more difficult for me to let go. Books are my way of traveling from an armchair. The challenge is that I don't have unlimited bookshelves. So I keep my favorites, read others and pass them on to receive new books.

What do you keep and cherish? And if stuff is overwhelming you what are you holding on to that you can't release? Each of us has stuff that matters to us, but the rest is probably weighting us down. Pick a drawer, a closet, or a bookshelf and keep what speaks to you and let go of the rest. My goal to tackle the books in boxes downstairs and decide what I will keep, and what I will let go. 

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