What’s one thing you can purge from your life?
POST BY GUEST THINKER: MOLLY GRANTHAM ::
The Groundhog didn’t lie: it has been a long winter. We are finally starting to see light, and with breeze and sunshine comes a good Spring Cleaning. In my house, that starts with closets.
This year, as I sat surrounded by winter clothes that needed to be moved out and last year’s summer dresses which now seemed to hug just a smidge too tight (turning 40 really did add five pounds), I was struck with how much STUFF was around me. Material things. Clothes. Hangers. Jewelry. Scarves. Shoes, shoes, shoes. Outfits I love, outfits I hate, outfits that hold special memories, outfits I wish I could wear again. At some point all the special blended with the despised and, for the most part, it became the same. Junk. Piles of things. It forced me to put back only what was really needed, on what was suddenly beautifully sparse shelves.
What a joy. Now I only have what I want in front of me, can access everything easily and have room for whatever new might come my way.
Got me thinking.
What if I did the same thing to my mind and soul?
It’s easy to hold on to certain things inside ourselves. A former relationship. An argument with a family member that has extended way too long. A current, needy friend who sucks up too much space. What if we took stock of the things REALLY taking up emotional real estate, and decluttered? Let go of whatever takes up useless space. No doubt we all lug around a few pieces of unnecessary (heavy?) baggage… if you wanted to purge something inside yourself to make things more simple, what’s something you’d drop off for good?
About our guest: Molly Grantham is a two-time Emmy award winning journalist based in Charlotte, who was named TV News Reporter of the Year for both Carolinas. She recently published her first book, Small Victories: The Off-Camera Life of an On-Camera Mom, a memoir The Huffington Post described as “…honesty twisted with humor. You’ll laugh, cry, then want to tell your friends.”