Let it go.

Because I am someone who lives on the edge, I spent part of my Christmas vacation cleaning out drawers and cupboards.  Now I have only been in this apartment for 5 months, but already there is stuff in the flat I can no longer remember why I brought with me.  I look at the pile of discarded items in the box on the floor and wonder what I was thinking?  Why did I think it so important to pack, transport, and unpack them half a year ago?

So given that I cannot remember why I am harboring relatively useless household items, does it not stand to reason that my emotional drawers and cupboards (where I have lived for some 48 years) must be full up with no longer used grudges, gripes, and fears?  And I believe that directly behind them I would find piles of no longer wanted dreams, notions, and fantasies. How do I get rid of these things?  I no longer use them, so why do they still take up space and clutter my mind and heart?  What is the metaphysical or emotional equivalent of 1-800-Got-Junk?

How do I truly let go?


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2 Responses to Let it go.

  1. Noell Sottile says:

    Nice. Subtitle for this could be “Travel Light.” It makes the journey easier and leaves you open to more things. –Noell S.

  2. Anton Vanterpool II says:

    Annemarie, Thanks for recalling a truer meaning of resolution. We usually resolve to do something good or get rid of some bad tendency or habit. We rarely reflect on why we hold on to the past, store it up, in hopes by wishing it away it’ll be gone in a year’s time. Take time to reflect on the dreams, notions and fantasies and slowly work on one of them. Just like a good book, slow reading may lead to good recalling. Worked for me especiallly if I had to take a test on it. Happy New Year!

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