By Jayelle Bond
There are two ways to get enough: one is to continue to accumulate more and more. The other is to desire less. (G. K. Chesterton)
Friends inform me that they are going through their homes, getting rid of things; the buzz words are de-clutter, purge, downsize. Toys, books, equipment, clothes, and other household items are analyzed. A strategy is devised: to keep, organize, donate or discard. Because clutter clings to us, we experience a tug-of-war, as we decide what to release. I think of the quip, “I could keep my closets cleaner if I had another garage.”
My closets are stuffed with garments galore, memorabilia, stacks of paper, hidden cookies, et cetera. I confronted the issue of excess stuff and began to cull, but alas, clutter slowly began to increase as I purchased more. A realization came that the weight of clutter in my abode was like carrying fat around: it is mental, physical, and spiritual stress. It robbed me of nurturing relationships. Clutter clean-up required coming face-to-face with myself. I had to reduce the inventory. My inner voice took on a cogent tone, “Think of it as not losing something, but blessing someone else.”
I work on travelling light. I’m not defined by my possessions, but by what inhabits my heart. On this journey, I pursue letting go of tangible accumulation by doing math. Subtracting stuff from my life is adding to my living.
De-cluttering is a gift I give myself and others.
© Jayelle Bond 2016
De-Clutter was originally published in “Creative Journey Five Minute Meditations for Transformation” Published by Heartspace Writing School.
Biography –Jayelle Bond
Jayelle Bond is walking into her prime. She stretched herself by taking the Life Writing for TransformationTM course at Canadian Mennonite University. Poetry is her usual writing; her poems have been published in journals and magazines. A prairie woman who delights in wind-rippled wheat fields and the starry vault of sky, Jayelle engages in watercolour painting, reading, and travelling.