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It’s Snowing

In the winter it’s always snowing – in inch here, an inch there. We grab our shovels and set to work. But the snow doesn’t leave. We just push it around so it is in a more convenient place for us. It’s not until the rising temperatures of Spring that the snow finally melts and flows off, seeking ever lower ground until eventually joining the vastness of the sea. Or it simply evaporates away for another try at it.

I think our thoughts can act as a similar phenomenon. They constantly rain down, and we have to push them aside to get done what needs to be done in any given moment. But they are still there. Nagging at us from just outside our lines of vision. Or maybe they are too overwhelming to even push them aside at all – ever piling on, one atop the other.

We need a mental Springtime – a time to clear away these worries, thoughts, and fears. For good.

Here’s what works for me. I grab a notepad and find a quiet spot. Sitting there, I focus on my breathing. I count my breaths, one through ten and back again, and I try to clear my mind. One by one those nagging thoughts pop into my head. When that happens, I pause my count, write the thought down on my notepad, and consider it cleared. Back to the breath, rinse, and repeat. Soon the entirety of those noisy thoughts are contained in front of me on that notepad, and now I have something I can work with. I don’t have to worry about forgetting something important because I have it all right here. I can act on it, schedule it, or just throw it away.

Give It Away Now

One thing that has really taken over my life these days is clutter. It is extra present for my wife and me, having just moved into a new house and finally getting all our stuff out of storage. We’ve been spending the past year and a half living in a one bedroom apartment, and over that time, we’ve really discovered what we need and what we don’t need.

Even if you are not currently dealing with dozens of boxes filled with who knows what, you could probably benefit from shedding some of the crap you have hanging around. That stuff is weighing you down and visually stressing you out. I like keeping a box in the house for Goodwill. Every week (more like multiple times a day for us!) find something in your house that you don’t need in your life (maybe it’s a sweater or a bowl or a bobblehead) and put it in the box. Every month or so, run the box over to Goodwill. Hell, grab a receipt and write that shit off your taxes!

Make it a habit – you will love having less clutter in your life. Live free!

-Josh