Bob and I celebrated our one year anniversary this weekend. YAY! We were having a lazy morning coffee at Tuvalu, a cute little coffee shop near us when I saw this African Proverb hanging on the wall:
“There are three things that one must know to survive long in this world:
What feels like too much,
What feels like too little, and
What feels just right.”
I realize that this is relative. I’ve been to Africa and the people I met had few material possessions.
Somehow, I think the proverb is about MORE than “stuff” but STUFF is always a good place to start. It’s tangible, and it represents our beliefs and thoughts about the world. It tells a story about our hopes and dreams and how we show up for life.
What feels like too much? Well, look around! Give yourself some perspective. Back up as if you’re observing your home from the clouds. Detach (as much as possible) from your own opinions about your things. Take a scan of your space. Where are you holding on to things that are no longer loved or needed and WHY? Where do you stuff your stuff? Do you have way too many papers kept for way too long? Are there countless sweaters, pairs of shoes or jeans that don’t fit or never get worn? Are any of the drawers, including kitchen & workshop, crammed with things that you don’t need? This kind of “too much” often impacts health and wellness in some way or another.
What feels like not enough? In terms of possessions, clients I work with rarely have this dilemma. What I often see, however, as we continue to work together (usually to clear out from too much!), is that the “too much” is a cover for “not enough” in another area of life. It may be that you’re lonely. It may be that you’re not taking care of yourself: physically, emotionally or spiritually. Or maybe you’re not shining your light and sharing your gifts with the world. BUMMER! We need you!!!!! Working with the “stuff” in your space, can often open doors in new and unexpected ways.
What feels just right? Just like Goldilocks, the “just right” feeling is always what we are desiring. And, it’s a moving target! What felt “just right” 10 years ago, may not fit you anymore. The key is to access your own personal GPS and feel into what’s just right. For you. Right now. Your space is never finished. Your life is never finished. (Until it is!) And as you grow and change and stretch into new places, remember to bring your environment along with you, it is a critical piece of the puzzle that is YOU!
I hope this inspires you to action! Let me know in the comments below what sparked for you. And, as always, I would love to be a part of your transformation, please contact me if I can help.
With much love,
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Photo credit for Kampala, Uganda goes to Oleg Znamenskiy, Thank you!