Downsizing & Deciding What’s Important

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While getting ready for moving, I’ve been downsizing my possessions, trying to figure out what’s important, what I should keep or give away and what should be thrown away. The one thing that kick-started this process was a coworker having a yard sale and asking for donations. I gave away clothes, bedsheets and books by the pound. I felt light and free.

I think it’s time to downsize and decide what’s important in other areas of my life as well. I have too much stress and am not seeing any of the positive changes that I would like to see in my life, and I think it’s partly because I am holding on to a bunch of junk physically, spiritually, and emotionally.

The focus of my year was supposed to be on accountability–making sure that I was living up to the goals and expectations I made for myself, making adjustments where necessary, but always getting better. What actually happened is I turned it into a year of self-flagellation for not meeting goals. It became a pity party/ self-abuse session that has lasted nearly a year.

It’s time to refocus my mental energies. I need to concentrate on the things I have accomplished and those that I can still accomplish. I need to have an accountability partner who can help me identify areas in which I can improve, and ways in which I can achieve that improvement. 

I have grown a lot in the past year, and I can continue to do so if I approach life with the right attitude and work ethic. I’ve let too much negativity creep in. As I prepare myself for another year, I am vowing to remain positive and look for ways to reach my goals without berating myself. I will reward the minute progress I make towards achieving a goal as well as the completion of a goal. Rome wasn’t built in a day…all that jazz.

How are you going to emotionally downsize? What’s important to you that you’ve been neglecting, and what are you going to do about it?

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