How did you spend the last week of 2010? I took time to clean out my space and my life to make room for the new things that I want to receive in 2011. My issues with clutter usually have to do with my clothes and my linens. I buy new things, but I continue to hang on to the old things even if the quality is poor, things don’t fit, I never wear or use them or if I have several of the same thing. So what’s my attachment to these things? Why can’t I just let go?
This practice is similar to how we live our lives. We hold on to people and things that may not necessarily serve a purpose. In essence, they are really just taking up space. It forces me to wonder, what other more useful, valuable and meaningful thing could be in that space that is already taken?
Every household should have staple items. If we narrow it down to just looking at clothing and linens one major thing comes to mind for me in each category. With the weather getting colder, especially here in Michigan and other places with similar climates, there are a few items that are mandatory at this time of year. Let’s take a literal look at two items: a comforter and a pair of boots. After we look at them literally, then we can liken them to the people and things that we choose to have in our lives.
The primary purpose of a comforter is to keep us warm, but it may also be a security blanket for many. When we personify this, I believe that it is good for us to have one or two people that we can turn to when we feel the need to be comforted. The problem lies in having several people that are comforters in your life. What does this say about you? Are they enabling you? Are you dependent upon them?
Just like with real comforters, one or two good ones will do. Having many more than that means that you probably just use them for show, or they are taking up lots of extra space in your closet. When you have too many people that are comforters, those extra ones are usually ‘yes men’ or ‘yes women’. If someone is always agreeing with you and telling you what you want to hear, how will you ever grow? A true friend or comforter will be caring and kind, but will also always be honest with you and have your best interest in mind.
The purpose of a good pair of boots is to protect your feet by keeping them warm and dry. I have a pair of leather, knee high, kitten heeled boots that I absolutely adore. They are cute, comfortable and they keep my feet warm and dry. The problem is that I wear them so much that I’ve worn both of the heels off. When I walk on hard surfaces it sounds like I have on tap shoes because where there should be heels on my boots, only exposed metal screws remain.
My mother HATES when I wear shoes that have gotten to that point. She’ll say, “How can I say this nicely?” Then she will pause and continue on by saying, “Don’t ever wear those boots again.” I’m not sure how nice that delivery was, but I can understand where she is coming from.
Since boots cover and protect one of the most important parts of our body, I like to think that they represent integrity. This analogy leads to two important questions…
“What do you stand for?” And “What do you walk in?” Your answers to each are unique to you, but I’ll give you my thoughts and or answers for each question.
One of my favorite quotes says, “If you don’t’ stand for something, you’ll fall for anything.” There are several things that I stand for and tests of my resolve constantly come my way in those areas. Therefore it is important that I stand strong in my beliefs no matter what. My answer to the second question is simple. I walk in faith. If you are walking in anything else, say fear for instance, then perhaps it’s time to get a new pair of boots.
I challenge you to think about what old things and people you need to let go of, and what new things and people you want to attract into your life.