This post is part of my cornerstone content, written years ago, updated for today, and still inspiring wisdom and deep understanding.
When I was about 10 or 11 years old, I remember looking at my pile of gifts one Christmas morning. Santa had been generous that year, so there was quite a bit to carry into my room. Although it’s embarrassing to admit, I specifically remember thinking, “Now where am I going to put all of this crap?”
All of those gifts, all of the anticipation, and all of the joy turned to ‘crap’ simply because I didn’t think I had enough storage space.
I’m sharing this to illustrate the importance of space to a happy, healthy, fulfilling life.
It’s not that I didn’t appreciate the gifts. I did, but, I simply didn’t know where to put them. Eventually, I put everything away, but only after I got rid of other stuff.
Creating room for what you want can be challenging. Clearing out what you don’t need requires focus, objectivity, and time, precious elements to be sure.
To breathe and grow, we need ‘elbow room,’ space, not just physically but mentally too.
The end of the year offers us a perfect opportunity to look back on the past to see what needs to change in the year ahead. To create a clear path for ourselves, we need to stay curious, aware, and mindful about what we need to let go of and what we want to fill up our lives.
“Between stimulus and response, there is a space. In that space is our power to choose our response. In our response lies our growth and freedom.”Viktor E. Frankl
Have you ever seen a root-bound house plant? Take a look at this one.
Notice how the roots are all tightly bound together. That’s because the plant has outgrown the pot.
Imagine your mind is like that pot, and your soul is the plant. For your soul to grow and expand into full consciousness, you need to keep your mind open, giving your soul plenty of room to grow.
Eric Klein of wisdomheart.com explains it beautifully.
“Being rooted means being connected to your core values. Because core values are the source of passion and purpose in your life.
When you’re connected to and living your core values – your life has an intrinsic sense of meaning and purpose. Then, even if you’re physically tired, you’re not exhausted – you’re tired and happy. There’s a bone–deep satisfaction that comes from allowing the energy and inspiration of core values to move through you into the world.”
Stop and take a moment to think about your core values, what they are, and how you see them reflected in your life. (click this link for a worksheet from Phil Wrzesinski to help you understand your Brand, a.k.a. your values)
Your future happiness depends on your ability to create space while being deeply rooted in your values.
What do you think, my friendly blog reader?
What do you need to let go of or clear away?
Who and what are you making room for that truly feeds your soul?
I wish you all the best for the new year ahead, and I look forward to hearing from you.