What have you collected from the past? What mementos and trinkets do you hold onto?
I ask because I have very little from my past and yet I know I have the important things with me.
I haven’t seen my ‘treasures’, the things I decided were important enough to cling to for over six years.
Now most, de-clutter specialists would say that if I haven’t seen them in six years I don’t need them.
- I don’t have pictures of my son growing up and those magic ‘firsts’ he made.
- I don’t have pictures of me growing up, with my first dog and me sitting wide-eyed on the sofa.
- I don’t have my Judo certificates, or my A-level and O-level certificates.
- I don’t have the music I listened to through the years, or the favourite vase I had.
- I don’t have my collection of cookery books and kitchen equipment I loved.
And I haven’t felt sad about it until now. And yes I’ve decided I may not need them, but I’d like them.
The ‘Story Finder Process’
I’m working on my ‘Story Finder Process’ – a product of mine, and it has really highlighted that while we are required to let a lot of things go, parts of me are still energetically tangled in that collection of ‘stuff’ I held on to.
Yes I’ve probably paid for the contents three times over yet some of them are truly irreplaceable to me.
I haven’t lost it all – I believe it’s still waiting for me to go and sort it out in Durban, SA.
And mixed within that treasure trove of what’s left of my past are a few memories of why my stuff is in South Africa and of the man who invited me there.
Yes we must move from the past and create new and amazing futures, but it’s good now and then to respect where we have been, who we have been and who with.
One day soon I’ll get to unpack and to sort through the things that are now meant for a different life, a different version of me I could never have imagined. And still some things will be precious reminders that I have lived.
If you’re interested in The Story Finder Process, drop me and email at Heather@heatherbond.me and I’ll send you the details.
It has never been so important to tell your story as it is now.