Have you noticed, that more and more storage places are being built
everywhere? When I was driving the other day, I saw one being built. There is
another storage unit already, just a couple miles down the road. I got to
thinking, why do we as people, need more space for more of our stuff? Why are
we not able to find a place for these items in our homes? Are our homes already
full of stuff? The items we hold onto, do they hold value or memories for us?
I think every circumstance is different. I am sure that there are
legitimate reasons, to have storage units. Moving, building a house, family
member passed, a place to store Christmas items and more. Sometimes more often
than not though, I think there could be a deeper problem.
I want to ask some challenging questions. Are we buying and holding on
to things, to fill a void in our life? Do we find ourselves trying to keep up
with others, who may have newer and nicer things? Are we trying to prove
something to our family, strangers and even ourselves? Did we grow up without
much, and now have a hard time letting go of tangible items? Do we think we are
a valuable person, with the more things we have?
Growing up, I held onto everything I had. Even if I outgrew it, no longer wore, used it. It didn’t matter. I kept it all. Everything meant something to me. The things I kept, even if were completely worn, made me feel there was more value there, by the space it took up. I felt like a better person. I felt that I had more to give as a person, if I had more things.
The older I get, I am slowly learning to let go. I am learning to
clear up the space in my mind and in my home. I am creating a calming space all
around. I am learning, to keep things that hold significance to me, but not
necessarily to someone else. I am learning to be more purposeful with my
purchases and what I hold onto.
And can I be honest? More stuff and clutter in my house, actually causes me more stress. When I DE clutter, donate and get rid of things, I feel a weight lifted every time. However, it has taken me years to realize all of these things. It wasn’t until a couple years ago, that I realized keeping stuff, was a problem for me. I didn’t see for the longest time, that there was a deeper issue for me personally. I am learning to embrace simplicity. I like having more space. More space to think, more space to move. I am also understanding, that my worth is not based on the things that I own. I am already worthy. Already valuable. Simply by being the person, God has intended me to be.
Where do you personally land, with all of this? If you struggle to find your worth, struggle to hide behind the ‘things’, I encourage you to slowly rid the things keeping you, from being your true self. Let who you really are, shine bright.