Friday, April 30, 2010


Removing the clutter from our lives, can allow room for amazing things to happen.

"There's no use trying," she said:
"one can't believe impossible things."
"I daresay you haven't had much practice," said the Queen.  "When I was
your age, I always did it for half an hour.  Why, sometimes I've believed as
many as six impossible things before breakfast."
Alice in Wonderland ~ Lewis Carroll ~

I'm starting to feel it.  A little more every day.  A little more clutter disappearing from the stage of my life.  Strange how it happens.  Sometimes small things, almost insignificant things, and then sometimes huge things that have had me in their clutches for years. 

But it is timing.  These things don't disappear on their own.  You have to let go.  And in so doing, clutter clears, and your mind clears, and your heart opens, and windows let in clean fresh air, and curtains blow in the breeze, and you feel like you are alive again.  Funny how we hang on to things and possessions and people and ideas and thoughts and dreams much longer than we should. Why do we do that?

Does letting go hurt so much, or is it the premise that it might hurt? 

Watching things that used to be of primary importance to me being swept into a dustpan of memories isn't as bad as I thought.  The labels we put on possessions from past days are distinguished from the new days ahead in a myriad of ways. There isn't fanfare or balloons, just a quiet new beginning.  Doors begin opening that never had before, as you discard those people and possessions that are no longer a part of who you are.  Peeling back the layers of accumulated unhappiness, pain, and exasperation that holds us in neutral is cleansing and appealing and oddly exhilarating.

 Lost hopes and fears and drudgery are let go.  It is in this place that we call upon the goodness that is all around us, if we only open our eyes to see it.  There is no ceremony.  You simply go around the curve with a feeling of empowerment that you never had before. And once around that corner you find peace and you find space to allow the new to enter and embrace those people and possessions you have chosen to take with you. 

It is in this space that I find "there are people whom one appreciates immediately and forever.  Even to know they are alive in the world is quite enough." ~Nancy Spain~

I think of two very special people who hold my heart today. And though they are far, far away, knowing they are 'alive in this world is quite enough.'

Antoine de Saint-Exupery said in Flight to Arras, "To live is to be slowly born."  I understand that now.  I am living. I have let go.  I am being slowly born. And In The Little Prince he says, "One sees clearly only with the heart.  Anything essential is invisible to the eyes."  What is essential to you? What clutter do you need to discard to discover the gifts that will come when you have the willingness to see?

Maybe believing six impossible things before breakfast is what it is all about. Maybe we need to believe the impossible, aim for the impossible, and accept that anything is possible. Maybe we are just too darn stuffy and stuck. 

I ask you today to imagine and believe six impossible things.  What are they?  What do they tell you about who you really are and what you want? 

As for me, I have more than six impossible things I believe.  And I would not have them, if I had not cleaned out the clutter in my life - the people, the situations, the circumstances, the messes, the pain, and the inability to recognize pleasure when it is sitting in front of me. 

Perhaps, just perhaps this discovery will bring a song of grace to you and inspire you to love, calm your mind, and just maybe cause you to stir things up a little.  It might take time and a bit of attention.  But try.  What have you got to lose but the clutter?


"If you're not living on the edge, you're taking up too much space."
~Stephen Hunt~

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