In anticipation of receiving some new items, I did some de-cluttering before Christmas. After Christmas, I did more de-cluttering, taking bag after bag of clothes and books and household items to a thrift store.
De-cluttering freed up some much needed space in closets and drawers and bookshelves. I felt freer, lighter, and more in control of my environment.
The process started me thinking about another, more important kind of de-cluttering I can do. Can I let go of old grudges, put the pain of them behind me and free up space in my mind and heart?
The truth is, I struggle with this every day. I struggle in finding the strength and discipline to give up these hurts. I struggle in finding the desire to do so. Sometimes I want to hold on to them, to prove to myself and to others that I am right, to justify my righteous indignation. (Or is that self-righteous indignation?)
This I know for sure: if I want to live in the now, I need to let go of the past.