I am in my 50th year as my Grandmother, Jane Olivia Reaney Linton, would say. But I don’t turn the big 5-0 until the 14th of June. In case you are wondering, I am celebrating.
A little over a year ago I began a mission to “declutter” physical as well as emotional baggage in my life. I am happy to say that even though I am far from being finished – if one looked at my house one would think I had not even reached the starting gate. But I am “a contender”. Not only have I gotten rid of many physical things which were holding me back and suffocating me on so many levels, I have begun letting go of so many intangible things. Recognizing that with less crap, I am more free to actually cherish the memories that are more dear than “stuff” and experience new things. I don’t need “stuff” to remind me of my Grandmother. All I have to do is look into the mirror and I am reminded of her; my heritage, and my grandparent’s legacy. There is NO denying that I am a LINTON! (So proud of my ancestors.)
I know many of you are familiar with the metaphorical “weight off of my shoulders” well, I am here to tell you that when one chooses to declutter both mentally and physically, there is a “lightness of being”. It is refreshing, uplifting, encouraging, energizing, empowering, and the list goes on. It is a feeling like no other.
This week I once again tackled my closet and my dressers. I am happy to report that I have some wonderful things to give to the homeless shelter associated with a friend’s church. As I put each item in the bag, I was joyful at it’s new life; giving warmth and maybe joy to someone who could use it – instead of just taking up space and cluttering up my life. The excitement / joy I feel is incredible. I really wish I could share it with each and every one of my friends. I truly would want you to know this peace that I feel as a result of simply finding some really great things to share with someone else.
So why the long post? Check out this blog post that was absolutely perfectly timed to run through my news feed today. :-)(https://nosidebar.com/minimalism-at-fifty/)