I always spend my week between Christmas and New Year’s going through the house, cleaning & organizing closets, drawers, files… everything possible. It is like doing a review of my year, taking inventory of who I’ve become, and dreaming about who I want to be.
Sometimes its hard to let go of our stuff – both material and otherwise. I’ll never forget a few decades ago, the first time I did “big closet clean out” that I had a terrible time letting go of a dress I wore on my first date in college! It was hideously out of style, and didn’t even fit, but I was still hanging on to it for sentimental reasons. The angels finally gave me a little trick – hold it up to my stomach and my heart, breathe in all the good energy and good memories, then pass it on. It worked! i was finally able to donate it. I’m sure someone wore it as a Halloween costume and got quite a few laughs!
And then there was my favorite pair of jeans that once fit like a glove, but started falling off me once I stopped eating flour and a lot of sugar. I sat there holding them, wishing with all my heart I could figure out how to tailor them, and knowing I needed to just get rid of them. Once again, the angels got in my head, “Are you afraid of lack Ann? Are you afraid that God can’t find you a new pair that fits?” They were right. I was holding on for fear I wouldn’t find something better.
We do this in many ways. We hold onto, not only things, but beliefs, situations, etc., that aren’t really making our soul sing, for fear we will never find something better. The angels have taught me over the years, to let go in all ways. When something stops making my soul sing, I find a way to release it or change it.
This year’s closet clean outs were not difficult at all… I didn’t ask, “Does it fit? Will I use it? What if I can’t find something better?” My only question was, “Does it make my soul sing now?” and if not, I donated it. I got rid of a lot and it felt great. I’m still cleaning out in fact. It feels amazing. I also took inventory of my life. I sat and thought about what was working, what isn’t, and I’m starting to make changes, letting go of habits and situations that don’t make my soul sing. I’m doing the clearing exercise after work and trying to get more sleep! Little by little I’m putting more “me” in my life so I have more to give.
It isn’t always easy letting go, but usually the only reason we hang onto the past – be it material, emotional, or otherwise, is because we forget we have the capacity to create better… in all those areas. So maybe this week, ask yourself, “What am I hanging onto, externally or internally, that I really want to release? What do I want to create instead?” Then soak up the love and lessons from the past and do your best to let it go by focusing forward… It feels amazing!