One thing I could say about myself is that I keep papers and documents, memories and things going back years and years. Sometimes I just keep them because they give me good memories. However, my dear wife, Astrid, and I decided that we would go through everything and clear out things that are no longer relevant. We have been discovering some nice things, but I have also realised how we hang on to things that are no longer necessary. It is just sitting there gathering dust and stealing energy.
We both have a lot of things that we have kept for many years that we need to take a look at. Some things are for keeping and others we have to let go of. We have not even gotten half way through, but we have already discovered that we have so many old documents that we should just shred. It gives me a good feeling, clearing out old things to make room for new things and creating new memories. When I was going through old papers and letters, it was like clearing out my mind and letting go of an old load.
My guide Grey Owl (By the way, I have a ton of owls that I have been given down through the years!) is a totem and he has also played a huge part in helping me clearing out my mind. He can be a bit tricky sometimes, but in a positive way.
It is like letting go of the past too, which in some ways is very refreshing and enlightening.
The problem I have is I am a bit sentimental; I hang onto things and I do not always want to let them go. I still have things that my kids made for me when they were young. I also have one weakness, I have to admit, I love flea markets. It is amazing what you can find in them! If I see something that touches me, I just have to buy it, but in so doing I have found many beautiful things, things that have been made by somebodies’ hands, and you can see the creativity and the love having been put into the object. They also tell you things about the person who owned it before, how they were. I will in all probability keep some of these things thill the day I pass. It is not just about their beauty, it is the feeling they give me, just as with people.
What amuses me, as we started clearing out it has almost turned into a discussion, we will say to one another: Why are you keeping that?! But we are managing to find a middle road and aspire to keep a balance. Astrid is quite sentimental too, and what does amuse me is that every cat or animal she has ever owned is eternalized in a photographic gallery. But I can see the love and emotions she feels for these cats, as she is looking at the photographs, it is heart-warming.
One thing we both realise as we are clearing up is that it is good Feng Shui. It is like letting go of the past too, which in some ways is very refreshing and enlightening. This process of clearing out has not quite finished, it will go on for some time and I am sure it will lead to some interesting discussions, but it is fun too, we end up laughing about it as well.
I will keep you posted on our progress. As many of you read this it will remind you of similar situations, I am sure. You will be hearing from me soon!