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Ridding Yourself of Clutter

I recently read Oprah Winfrey’s book, titled “What I Know For Sure” at the recommendation of a dear friend, my daughter’s Papa. Our conversation initially began with the normal chats about co-parenting but ended with a discussion about great books I can read, and he suggested this one along with a few others. As I combed through each page, highlighting what resonated most, I further shared excerpts with friends and posted some on Facebook that were both inspiring and thought provoking. The takeaway: to make conscious decisions about why I shop for what I do when, where and how often.

Now notice how each bold word usually leads to a thoughtful response because they are used in open-ended questions; however, I could not find a satisfying answer to justify my actions – a rude reality, particularly because this is my last year in the 40s club.

I hope the way you spend your money is in line with the truth of who you are and what you care about.”

– Oprah Winfrey

I call this blog ‘Ridding Yourself of Clutter’ because I have firsthand knowledge of how accumulating items on a regular is like hitting the cruise control in your car without sensing your speed, i.e. you buy because you have the power to do so; you have the money to spend; you are replacing a personal emotion you can’t quite kick or you are following the Jones’ and must remain in the game. Whatever your reasons – they are your reasons because I have my own. However, I am challenging you to buy with a conscious mind that has purpose. No, you don’t have to do anything … nor am I suggesting, but I’d like to energize you to adapt to something different that can bring spiritual awareness and personal satisfaction.

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Buy plants (see image below), rearrange your bedroom, practice yoga, watch less TV, read more, walk around the block, take a drive up the mountains and the list continues. If you’re wondering how reducing one’s buying habit relates to the list of things you can do in its place I’d like to explain the tradeoff. When you turn off the cruise control in your car you then begin to feel the speed at which you are traveling that directly correlates with awareness practices, such as the ones described. Above is an image of what happened when I turned off my cruise control, as I continue to sort through what to keep and what to sell.

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I don’t know about you, but I’d rather boost my mood, add life to my sterile office space at home – especially during these times, brighten up my day with a little outside inside my home (e.g. plants are living organisms) and increase my concentration, which are all believed benefits of having a plant. So, kudos to Oprah Winfrey when she wrote “When you define yourself by the things you can acquire rather than see what you really need to be happy and fulfilled, you’re not just living beyond your means or overextending yourself. You’re living a lie.”

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So to you, the reader, come join me on this pursuit to simplicity. It may be challenging at the start but you need only be willing because the first step will take you forward when you begin to realize the calming benefits of Ridding Yourself of Clutter. Above is a couch that sits in my bedroom and confronts me to commit to wellness each day before I begin my work.

Until next time be kind to yourself and be safe, keep and stay well…

 

Money does not buy happiness (or does it)

Written as a Facebook Note, June 21, 2012.

Does the adage ‘money does not buy happiness’ sound familiar?  Well, depending on who you ask the answer to this question could be yes or no.  Whatever the reason, money does create happiness that can be found in quality of living when you begin to look at different scenarios.

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Does your health insurance allow or limit you to see certain doctors?  Do you have the flexibility to take time off from work without fear of losing your paycheck?  Are you concerned with how you will pay your rent if your employer begins to lay off personnel?  What will happen if you, the breadwinner, becomes sick; who will pay the rent or car payments?  

Do you ‘pay’ yourself first before you pay your bills?  You may not understand the preceding question, yet it could be the difference between the rich and the poor.  Many years ago I remember being told to set money aside for hard times and to make sure 3 months of  monthly rent is saved up for a rainy day.  Today I wonder how many are told the same thing (rhetorical).  So if you believe ‘money does not buy happiness,’ think again because having money could be the difference between stress and peace of mind. 

Tip: people with money and wealth usually don’t talk about it; they volunteer, donate anonymously, travel, employ others, explore places and events, invest, are inquisitive about others, and the list continues.

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