I was cleaning out my closet this weekend and came across these stiletto heels. I have been holding onto them for 12 years now. They were my rehearsal dinner shoes (the night before our wedding). They were perfect for the occasion, but why have I kept them so long? I could barely walk in them that night, let alone over a decade later. I am finally ready to let them go.
Sometimes things are more symbolic than practical. We cling to things that once were right for us but aren’t anymore because –why? We fear change? Because we don’t trust that something better will come along? Releasing things and decluttering is a powerful way to change up stale energy, to bring in fresh ideas and make room for the new.
What are you holding onto that no longer serves you? That you may have once treasured but just doesn’t fit your soul anymore? Can you release it with love and thank it for having served you when you needed it? It doesn’t just have to be physical things, it can be relationships that don’t fit anymore, old habits that aren’t needed in the current version of you—anything. (I remember reading in Marie Kondo’s book, ‘The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing’ that one lady who read the book decided to leave her husband! You don’t have to be that drastic, but hey, if the marriage doesn’t fit anymore, why not?)
Be bold and cut ties with the remnants of the old you. Welcome in the new. You just may be surprised at what shows up.