Martha Treats #175
When is Enough…Enough?
Sometimes our stuff begins to manage us. How do we know when enough is enough? And how much of what we have will we ever use?
Recently while working with a client the amount of stuff in their office started feeling like a burden to them, and yet there was a reluctance to let go of it. At one point the person expressed gratitude for their profession and working on their own. The thought of having to manage a larger staff felt overwhelming and burdensome to them.
In my sometimes very direct manner I blurted out, “in a way you have a staff of hundreds pulling on you daily with the amount of stuff you are managing that is not in active use”. It was one of those stunning moments that was the truth and we both knew it.
How do we know when we are being managed by our stuff vs. consciously making decisions and letting go of what is pulling on our attention? For me the best measurement is that stuff is actively being used.
In my experience having around me what is lean and in active use liberates me to a new level of being.
Enough may be more minimal than we think.
1. Wherever you are reading this, look around you and notice one thing in your view that is no longer in active use. Let it go.
2. Pick one place a day (could be a room, a file drawer, a bookcase, your car) and do the same process as #1.
3. When you receive something new, remember freedom is in choosing to actively use it rather than thinking you need to keep it, which then results in finding a place to store it. Think active use.