I Should

How many times have you caught yourself starting a sentence in this way?
I should...
go to that meeting.
clean out the refrigerator.
organize my photos.
exercise.
drink more water.
do devotions.
stop beating myself up.

I should.  I read about this in a book several years back.
I should means I could if I wanted to.
Interesting.  You can finish each sentence above with that ending, I could if I wanted to.

This week, see if you catch yourself starting a sentence or even a thought with "I should" and replace it with "I WILL".  And if you truly don't want to do that particular thing, then don't. But perhaps quit kidding yourself by saying you should. 

If you have read my blog from the beginning you will know that I have been on a journey of change.  A lot has to do with changing the negative self talk. Habits that need to be constantly in check.
Change is hard.
Change is work.
Change is a challenge.

This gets me to the why of the 2000 items in 2015.  (Letting go of 2000 items out of house.)
Change.  It's time to change my/our thinking.
Let's spend some time figuring out the why behind our stuff.  

Discontent
For those that watch Downton Abbey you may have seen this week's episode.  One of my favorite parts is when a sweet young gal named Daisy who works as the cook's assistant gets a day away from the daily work. She went with other staff to look at paintings in London.  She felt joy at seeing all there is to see outside the daily grind and yet the next emotion was resentment and she said she felt "discontented".  

Luke 12:15 And he said to them, β€œTake care, and be on your guard against all covetousness, for one's life does not consist in the abundance of his possessions.”
1 Tim 6:6-7 Now there is great gain in godliness with contentment, for we brought nothing into the world, and we cannot take anything out of the world.  

We live in a world bombarding us with images and advertising. All in the effort to fuel our desire for happiness and contentment.  If we look this way or decorate that way then we will be accepted. If we have this and have that then we will have joy. If we go here or go there we will finally be at peace!  Ha!  It's all a lie.  There is but One way to fill that void for contentment. Truth.

Don't get me wrong. I am not saying we can't go on vacations, have our hair done, and have pretty things.  The Lord knows that I am the last one to suggest it.  What I am saying is do a heart check. Make sure it's not what you look to for happiness. I, for one, have found the attempt to fill a void among the bags of clutter.

Okay, back to the 2000...
If you are joining me in a de-clutter goal let me know.  Several have commented on Facebook about what they are working on.  It is so fun to encourage each other.  I also visited some websites that were suggested.  What fun to help each other out!

Make some rules around your 2000 items.
1. Find 2 friends to do this with you
2. Figure out what counts and what doesn't. (Ex: Consumables don't count unless of course it's something hanging out in your cupboard that should have been thrown out months or years ago!)

 The sight of these protein bars literally makes me gag. They count.

3. Make sure you aren't purging someone else' stuff without permission.

Good news is that this has forced me to find great recycling places, have some tough conversations, return books, deal with files of papers...etc.

I WILL go through the junk drawer...

God is good. He wants us to have freedom... Onward ho!

Willingly,
Amy

Tip:  Get the book Clutter Free by Kathi Lipp or the Kindle version (less clutter, although, I prefer a paper copy). It may make this journey a lot easier.

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Amy Larson

Amy Larson is a coach, writer and speaker. Through challenges of her own she has become an advocate for living with freedom- free from home, mind, body and soul clutter. She is winning the battle with chronic Lyme Disease and is an encourager to all women who want more out of life. She helps women uncover lies that keep them stuck and entangled with practical, yet life-changing strategies.