Letting Go of What You Do Not Need

Around three weeks ago Let Go was published as a Snack Bite to get you thinking about Letting Go. For a lot of people, it’s hard to let go.
It is hard to let go of people, of things, of emotions.
It’s hard to let go when you know you have to.
It’s hard to let go when you don’t want to.
I find that some people are better at letting go of some things than others. I, for example, have a terrible time letting go of people, but when it comes to letting go of actual things, I have absolutely no trouble saying goodbye (as long as I am in a clear out mood). Other people do not seem to cling to people the way that I do, but ask them to get rid of a dress they wore in secondary school and they act like you are asking them to sell their soul. We are all different when it comes to letting go, but I bet that no matter who you are, you have a hard time letting go of something.
And, you know what? That’s okay. It is ok to have a hard time letting go. Whether it is things, people, or thoughts, it’s difficult to give up something that you once thought of (or still think of) as yours.
But that is no excuse to keep hanging onto it. When you keep things you don’t need (and, yes, this includes people) in your life, you are causing yourself to have to deal with things you don’t need to. Extra things create clutter in your home, just the same way extra people create clutter in your heart. I don’t know about you, but I would rather not have clutter of any kind in my life. I like things neat, I like things organised, and, above all else, I like things clutter-free. So why do I sometimes catch myself cluttering?
Getting rid of clutter (emotionally or physically) is usually easier said than done. It is quite easy to say you want to get rid of something, but quite another to actually take action and get rid of it. It takes a lot of courage to get rid of something when, for whatever reason, you don’t really want to get rid of it. You might be thinking yourself, “Okay, why would I get rid of something if I don’t want to get rid of it?” It does seem a little backwards but there plenty of things we hang on to that we don’t need.
For example, there are plenty of people in this world who are hoarders and, though they know they should get rid of some of their stuff, they don’t want to. Likewise, there are people out there who spend time with those that drain them emotionally. Though they know they should get rid of these people, they don’t necessarily want to. In both of these examples, you can see that sometimes we hang on to things we don’t need. And it’s up to us to make a change.
Come back tomorrow morning when I will give you some tips on how to let go.
 

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