Like Norma said recently, it's important to ditch the physical AND emotional clutter in order to get and stay healthy.
True, true, true in every sense.
I took a big step this weekend and had a garage sale. Even more big because it is Father's Day weekend.
I had to go through my dad's clothes, his movies, his CDs, the knick knacks he loved, and I had to decide which were important to keep and which were not.
It was heartbreaking to make those decisions - if he were alive, he'd want all of it to stay! And getting rid of any of it meant that he is really, really, really gone and not coming back.
Every item of clothing that got sold, every CD that got taken away, it hurt a little. I had to focus on the fact that I was making some people VERY happy (my dad had awesome nice coats and tons of belts and gortex boots and all sorts of stuff that people bought who were SO AMPED to be able to have those nice things - things they might not have been able to afford otherwise).
It was a huge step emotionally. Dealing with him being really gone. Taking steps to deal with it (I've been pushing some of my dealing with it issues to the side the past couple of months - but it's important to realize I'm still grieving).
It was a huge step PHYSICALLY, as well. We de-cluttered our space!!! The basement is CLEAR again, we can move around again, feel free again.
AND -- we are NOT going to fill in the clear spaces with more junk! This is a clutter-free, hoarder-free house!
I do feel healthier. I feel stronger. Cleaner, freer.
It will be easier for me to make healthier choices, because of feeling those things.
Mind, body, and spirit - I do believe in the pursuit of total health.
Namaste, friends. Wish your dads a Happy Father's Day if you have them and make sure they *really* know you love them, despite all their faults and quirks. I wish I could today!