Letting go of “stuff” is more than detaching from possessions.
Success is separating the emotion from the item, uncoupling the connection without releasing the love or memory associated with it.
I have not succeeded entirely, but I have learned this much so far:
I have much more internal and external work to do to achieve an optimal balance between keeping enough to create my next welcoming home environment, and leaving space to add new, more timely, physical trappings in the future.
I have learned to acknowledge that “stuff” is just stuff, and, if I choose, I can recall memories by looking at photographs, recalling sights, sounds, smells, tastes, and touch associated with these items.
Anytime I choose, I can replay vivid mind movies, and share stories with others, that reconnect me with the individuals and experiences related to these possessions.
I no longer need (and never use!) three different sets of china, dozens of serving dishes, eight matching stemmed martini glasses, or a myriad of other entertaining paraphernalia held over from previous lifestyles.
My kids, extended family, and friends don’t want my stuff unless they’ve already specifically asked for something. They have their own stuff. Most importantly, they don’t want the burden of dealing with my stuff when I am deceased or unable to deal with it.
Come along with me on this journey of self-discovery, self-compassion, and self-love.
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Dynamic, a self-made entrepreneur who overcame obstacles with an unrelenting positive nature, a farm girl work ethic, and a conscious choice to thrive rather than survive, Isabel Alexander cultivated an award-winning, $10+ million global chemical business and grew it from dining room table to international boardrooms.
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