In the film Up in the Air, the George Clooney character, Ryan Bingham leads a self help seminar in which he instructs participants to ask themselves the question, “How much does my life weigh?”
It’s a great question, especially now as we (metaphorically) pack our bags for departure into Life Part II.
We’re likely carrying things no longer used or need.
If identified we could remove and travel lighter. (Maybe we could get away with just a carry-on? I always watch with dread as my bags disappear down the conveyer belt.)
I don’t know about you but I’ve never thought of my life in terms of weight before. I sometimes feel heavy and go on a cleanse for a day. When I sense my home is heavy I go on an unabashed cleaning binge to clear-the-debris (declutter). Everyone takes cover, even the dogs. I assess all accumulated stuff determining what is necessary and what has been outgrown. I create a big pile of things that no longer serve us, bundle it up and give it away. I create space, breathing room and cleanse my soul in the process.
I can apply this cleaning strategy to my inner life. Looking for what serves me now and what doesn’t. What warms my heart? What drains my spirit? What is complete…..what is unfinished?
Then I can (re)pack. I will know not only what I’m putting in but most importantly why it’s there!
I want to carry what I’m carrying with balance, fortitude and joy.
Note to self – I will share mission with travelling companion (husband).
He LOVES to travel light…I’ll bet he’s up for (re)packing!
reACTION [to change in the response to stimulus]: unpack/repack
I will clean my house literally and figuratively. I will de-clutter my home making it open and expansive and then move inward.
CLEANING HOUSE will be as a metaphor for me.
I will…. Unpack bag. Examine contents and carefully decide to bring. Repack.
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