Sometimes I run across a quote that hits just the right spot at just the right time, like the quote above by Toni Morrison. I don’t remember where I first saw it or what had caused me to save it in the first place, but when I came across the quote again while weeding through computer files today, it really resonated with me.
I’ve been spending some time recently giving up, or more correctly getting rid of many things that have been, both figuratively and literally, weighing me down. My efforts have included clearing out computer files; shredding decades of useless paperwork (from my parents!); giving away unnecessary furnishings; and donating clothing that, no matter how cute it is, I am never going to wear again.
I feel lighter already.
Some of my other “letting go” efforts have been less tangible, but equally refreshing. I’ve refused to spend another minute worrying about whether I will or won’t get the job I recently applied for; I’ve stopped forcing myself to continue working on a story I lost interest in a long time ago; and, most important to my peace of mind, I’ve started doing more of the things that bring me joy and fewer of the things don’t. I have a sign on the wall that says “Take time to do the things that bring you joy”, so that I don’t forget that last one.
I can just feel those wings starting to sprout.
At this rate, I’ll be flying in no time.
This seems like the perfect time for a little “letting go” since in just a few days National Novel Writing Month will kick off and then all thoughts will turn to hitting that daily 1,667 word goal.
Here’s hoping my recent efforts have left plenty of room for inspiration.
So how about you? Are there things weighing you down that you need to let go?