Can you imagine carrying your own personal shelter with you wherever you go? Like a snail or a crab or a turtle?
Look around you – if you had to cart all your shelf with you whenever you wanted to go for a walk around the block what would you take? I bet we’d all de-clutter in a hurry if we had no surety that our treasure hoard would be there waiting for us.
We all move at some point in our lives – some from our parents home to college, from there to our own home or to a home with a partner. Sometimes we move for our careers and sometimes we move to be closer to family. Folks move after losing a loved one and others move to make room for a new baby. Sometimes we need to flee or evacuate our homes in a hurry – I think of the recent wildfires, hurricanes and tornadoes . Some newlywed friends of mine lost their home to an electrical fire – no forewarning in that case.
What are we carting around with us through all these travels? How much is truly essential for our needs or even comfort? More importantly why are we carting all these things with us? Does it reflect our frustrations or unresolved business? Are we carrying our past as baggage with all the pain and disappointments or is it the ancient history of our once triumphs. Maybe instead we are holding onto those things that will be done when we have that elusive free time. Does it represent our hopes and aspirations for the person we wish to become or said another way – the person we wish we were?
Are we carrying a memorial or a to-do list?
And what about the person we are today? How much of that would we recognize in our stuff?
Is it hiding under the glossy shadow of the past and the foggy future?
Let go and celebrate who you are today.