The last three weeks or so I’ve been on a massive de-clutter. It’s just become very clear to me that I really don’t need all this … stuff.
Today I took 78 pairs of shoes and boots to the charity shop. I know, I know – most people have never even bought that many shoes!
I’ve also been losing weight – and doing lots more walking. I’m planning to walk the Camino de Santiago in Northern Spain next year with a couple of friends, and I know I need to improve my fitness levels significantly if that is to even begin to look possible.
In this context, the ‘stuff’ is the excess weight that’s just crept up as I approach my 60th birthday. The ‘stuff’ is also about food that I don’t actually need. I’ve never had a particularly emotional issue about food – I’ve just been unconscious about it, and I see the results on the bathroom scales.
You probably already know how liberating a good de-clutter feels!
It creates space in the house certainly – but it also seems to create space in your mind.
(A picture of Ross and me at the beautiful Iguazu Falls on the borders of Argentina and Brazil)
Recently, I asked my He’Art of Thriving Facebook Group what they would like me to write about in this regular blog. It wasn’t that I was uninspired – I was genuinely curious about what would be most helpful for them.
Here’s the list of suggestions:
- Insecure Thinking and Confidence
- Making Sense of Grenfell Tower
- How to coach people who are blaming their circumstances, or other people
- Why events themselves are neutral
- Obsessions, Habits and Addictions
- How to tell the difference between our wisdom and our ego
Great – I thought. I can get stuck into those.
Over the past few weeks, I kept hearing about the Netflix Series “Thirteen Reasons Why”.
So I watched it. Well, most of it.
If you’re not familiar with it, it’s a drama about a teenage girl who commits suicide, Hannah Baker. Before doing this, she creates thirteen tapes to send out to people who knew her.
Each one is supposedly a “reason” why she killed herself. Each tape is about a different person, and how they “wronged” her and made her feel so bad she had to end it all. So these thirteen people are to “blame” for her decision.