Week 6 – Giving Away a 15 Year Old Book is Changing My Life

Giving away this book is changing my life.

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I read a blog recently that really hit home.  Why One Life Hack Can Change Everything“.  What does this have to do with MKMMA?  You’ll see….This is the part that really struck me:

“I’ve been practicing and teaching Feng Shui for over 17 years now, and can walk into a home or business and read the life of the inhabitants like the back of my hand. It spooks me at times, but I’m 99.99% accurate, the way we do anything is the way we do everything.

Let’s pretend I’m in your home right now. Take a moment and open your closet.

Not my actual closet!
“Clutter and holding on to things is a big fat sign to the universe that you don’t believe you’ll have the resources to replace or buy it if you need it again.” (Not my actual closet!)

Are there a bunch of clothes in there you never wear, but continue to hold on to, just in case? (YES!!!)

If so, I’m betting there are people in your life that don’t match who you are or who you really want to be, yet you continue to hold on to them in fear of standing alone.  (YES!!!)  If that doesn’t fit, how about this? I’m betting there is a job you’re holding on to that you don’t love, but you’re settling for what is, not what you want to be.  (YES!!!)”

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“When we hold on to things just in case, we’re buying into poverty consciousness. We’re not trusting that what we need, or who we’ll want, will be there if we let go of what’s no longer working.”

The blog continues…”Do you see what I mean? The energy is the same. When we hold on to things just in case, we’re buying into poverty consciousness. We’re not trusting that what we need, or who we’ll want, will be there if we let go of what’s no longer working.

“Clutter is not only bad for our health, it blocks our prosperity.  There’s literally no room for new energy. I can almost guarantee that if my client is overweight or having money troubles, there is a source of clutter or excess in their life.

“Clutter and holding on to things is a big fat sign to the universe that you don’t believe you’ll have the resources to replace or buy it if you need it again.”

Just WOW!  I have hung onto relationships, jobs, and stuff long past their ideal expiration date (hello, why do I still have this college textbook from 15 years ago).  An initial walk into my house looks very decluttered and life-is-a-balance-of-holding-on-and-letting-gominimalist, but open the closets and cabinets or, heaven forbid, the garage, and you will immediately want to shut the door again…I know I do!  In my life, I hung onto things “just in case”, was afraid to “let go” because what if I didn’t find anything better, and kept fighting to “make things work” that weren’t working.  You have no room for the new if you are hanging onto the old that no longer fits you, literally AND symbolically!

This blog helps explain why:

“By definition, organizing possessions is an action that must be repeated over and over and over again.  At its heart, organizing is simply rearranging, and the problems come back as soon as tomorrow.  The problem is:

  • It doesn’t force us to evaluate our lives. While rearranging our stuff may cause us to look at each of our possessions, it does not force us to evaluate them.  Removing possessions forces questions of passion, values, and what’s truly most important to us.
  • It accomplishes little in paving the way for other changes.  Organizing may provide a temporary lift to our attitude. It clears a room and subsequently clears our mind, but rarely paves the way for healthy, major lifestyle changes. Our house is too small, our income is too little, and we still can’t find enough time in the day. We may have rearranged our stuff… but not our lives.”

This is the poverty and scarcity mindset!  Hang onto what you have because you may not be able to achieve or acquire anything better.  What does this do?  Permanently attaches you to what you have that isn’t what you WANT!

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Look at this picture and tell me how the before and after makes you FEEL.

If decluttering our ENVIRONMENT can make us feel so much better, imagine decluttering out minds???  How does this fit in with MKMMA?  When we hold onto all of this clutter of things in our lives and our surroundings, we are also holding onto clutter in our BELIEFS!  How many limiting beliefs are currently cluttering your mind, holding you back from the life you TRULY want?

OrganizedLife-240x240Through reading my Definite Major Purpose over and over and over, it is causing me to really look at what I DO want!  Where I DO want to go!  And it is causing me to look at things I have hung onto for a very long time, a job that had become stagnant for me, 15 year old textbooks about careers I don’t want to have anymore, relationships that do not fit my true DMP goals, and fear…fear of the unknown, fear that I may not be able to do better.

Every time I looked at that 15 year old textbook on the shelf, it was a reminder of OLD life…I need to fill my space, my mind, and my heart with reminders of the NEW life I want!

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“These things that have masqueraded as my security are actually my chains, and I want to be free!”

I have begun the process of relentlessly cutting ties with all the things that do not serve my new purpose.  It is SO HARD to release hold on these things I have held onto for YEARS, even DECADES, and it is a process, but in the end, I realize that these things that have masqueraded as my security are actually my chains, and I want to be free!

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You can’t reach your new life until you are willing to let go of your old one.

I have a vision in mind now, and the more I repeat that vision to myself, the more I grab onto it and relate to it, the more unfulfilling my past and current life that was and is good but not outstanding feels to me.  And the more the status quo feels unfulfilling to me, the more I am willing to let go of it FOR the unknown, because I can’t grab onto the next rope until I’ve truly let go of this one.

So I am in the process of decluttering my life…not just shuffling around, but actually purging a ton of “stuff”, beliefs, and even putting closure on a a few relationships.  Yes, getting rid of that 15 year old textbook is changing my life.  How can it change yours?

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8 thoughts on “Week 6 – Giving Away a 15 Year Old Book is Changing My Life

  1. That’s a very interesting way of looking at things. My pattern has always been that I keep things around for a while, but then when I decide it’s time to get rid of old things, basically, everything goes. I wonder if those times were my subby saying it’s time to move on. You definitely provoked thought on my end, great read!

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