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Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Making Room

The constant internal theme of my life seems to be "Make Room."  It has almost become a mantra.

Clear those counters.
Pick up those items.
Give away stuff.
Pitch that clutter.
Step down from leadership.

The last example is the newest in the ever expanding theme.  

When do you feel that your stuff and your life's activities
 comfortably equals the space and the time given to you? 

Over the last few years I have focused on the obvious!  Make my environment less cluttered.  As I look around my kitchen I have a long way to go.  It is hard to wrap my mind around what life would be like right now if I held on to everything I discarded over the last 4 years.  Flashes of The Hoarders - a TV show about folks who can't let go of anything - pops into my mind.  The "de-clutter bug" is starting to eat away at me again.  I can feel another purge coming on soon.

Today I am focusing on the less obvious.
Time and guilt.  

Today I will be telling my Knitting Group that I am stepping down as their coordinator and handing over that role to another member.  This group holds a special place in my heart.  They are fun, interesting, non-judgemental, supportive, creative (big time creative) and welcoming.  They supported me through my most difficult days in caring for my mom.  My hope is that today ... after I tell them this news, they will be happy for me.

This change will allow me the flexibility to "drop in" as a fellow participant rather than be the linch pin that connects everyone.  I've missed too many meetings this spring - time continues to be a commodity  in short supply.  I need to make room in my life to participate in this wonderful group - without the guilt that comes when I miss meetings.

They are wonderful people.  They will understand!

Fingers crossed!


  1. You are wise indeed.

  2. I agree that you are wise. You must "Follow your heart" as someone once told me. Trust in that and it does get easier.

  3. Such a wise decision. Sometimes it's good to be "just a participant" without all the stress, you'll be able to have some fun with it with no obligation. My husband and I have done that with several positions we held. Now we're involved only in some things that are close to our heart and in our industry, which feels really good after so many years of volunteering and holding different positions. This may change, but we know we're doing it because we want to not because we feel obligated.

  4. I am sure such a supportive group will understand. We don't need guilt producing activities that are ones that should be totally enjoyable!

  5. Of course we understand. You have to do what is good for you. I don't have many more times that I can attend but glad to know you will still be dropping in.

  6. I've popped over after reading your comment at Delores's Feathered Nest. I watch that Hoarders show too, it inspires me. After each weekly episode, I clear out another drawer or cupboard and decluttering is so much easier when I see what could happen to my home if I keep everything. Only problem now is, I'm running out of stuff to get rid of.


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