We find ourselves on the brink of a new beginning. To begin anything new the first action should be to have ready a clean slate to start with. We are wanting to live with less, to simplify our lives, to find our inner joy … so to have less we must first get rid of the mess.
verb: to simplify, to get rid of mess, disorder, complications, to remove unnecessary items in your environment …
First we needed to declutter our lives. We were both in jobs that were enjoyable to an extent but I was allowing stress to rule my days which was affecting every aspect of my life and BB (Big Ben) was worried for me. I had totally stopped doing anything that was creative (which was my usual escape from any stress). So when he came me to me with a proposition of ‘running away’ I grabbed it with both hands. It was a ‘never or NOW’ moment. It entailed leaving our jobs and our entire lives as we know it, leaving behind good friends and established community links made over 25 years, to make a massive change while we still had our health and ability. Temporary or permanent is still to be ascertained. A year of living on our little boat, de-cluttered, de-stressed and seeing where it all leads.
Next we began the declutter with our home. We are hoarders and find it hard to let go of anything due to sentimental reasons, we are bound by the thinking that we will need it some day. Therefore this was a task of elephantine proportions to undertake..
Were we successful? Not fully if truth be told. I managed to rid our home of the piles of paper that we were drowning in, and BB managed to reduce the clutter in the shed, but there are a good many boxes marked ‘to be sorted’ and carefully placed in the shed, many of their contents impossible to be ruthlessly thrown out or given away due to the history and the memories attached to each one. We would need many more weeks to get this decluttering done properly and effectively but we were keen to move on to the next stage of our new beginning.
And the thing about new beginnings is that you see possibilities and opportunities that you were too busy to notice previously. Fresh starts allow us to see the world and often ourselves in a new light and keep our minds open to new ideas and new ways of being.
New beginnings are a great time for reflection and you see so much more clearly all that you have to be grateful for.
New beginnings help us to let go of the past, focus firmly on a brighter future and concentrates our minds on the here and now. Being mindful is almost impossible I’ve found when you are mindlessly doing the same thing each day. We can once more plan and make fresh goals (that are not motivated by finances or work) while enjoying life in the moment!
I want to be creative again. I want to write (hence this blog) and finally I have no excuse. This is terrifying but also exciting and thrilling, it all depends on how we choose to look at it.