#16 Simplify your Surroundings

We shape our dwellings, and afterwards our dwellings shape us.
Sir Winston Churchill

I think one of the main things I have really learned with my last few moves is how burdensome “things” are. Every move is a great opportunity to just get rid of junk, but I still look around and think “too much”, yet why am I tied to so many things? Especially because I’m not very materialistic. I’ve tried lately to be a lot more intentional about my accumulation of stuff, but sometimes I just want to grab a handful of things I wouldn’t be able to part with, the important timeless things, and just leave the rest behind. Out of sight out of mind, and when I start going through it all again I think “oh yeah I remember why I kept this”… crap.

My goal for the rest of 2010 is to significantly reduce. Whether that is selling, giving away, or donating to Salvation Army or Goodwill. Stuff needs to really go. Not that they are bad things, and I’m definitely not a hoarder by any means, but the more you have the more it owns you. I really believe that. Reducing the clutter in your life is liberating. Whether it’s tangible items, relationships that are unhealthy, or baggage we shouldn’t be carry around so long. All these things are distracting and suck energy out of us.

One of my newer Nashville friends has recently gone through a major shift in his life, walking some of that with him and helping him just get rid of things has really been inspiring. Not to say that it has been easy for him, mostly it was forced. But there is a certain freedom that comes with just letting go.

and sleeping more.

I started this whole regimented-ish blog not for anyone to read but just to try and practice one of the many spiritual disciplines I should be implementing in my lives, and instead it has only shown my lack thereof. *sigh* need to work on this for sure.