I’m on a declutter frenzy. For years I’ve hoarded cards, birthday cards for both myself and the rest of the family, anniversary cards, you name it, I’ve kept it. Sweet memories of occasions celebrated. There were so many of them I thought it was time to start culling.
When I looked at the cards all I could see was the past. Words frozen in time. Beautiful words and sincere wishes but did they natter today? Why was I holding onto them? Will these cards make a difference in our life now or in a few years?
What matters today are actions. What matters now are words spoken, phone calls made, friendships fostered over the years and love strengthened through shared experiences.
I realised I don’t have to hold onto these cards to have that in my life. What is important is what I do today. Being a good mum, picking up the phone and calling an old girlfriend, reconnecting with my sister after a year of feeling torn, loving my husband today and not needing to read the words in old cards to know how he feels.
I’ll be honest. There were some cards I couldn’t part with. Hand made ones, made with love and filled with photos of memorable times together. These are more than cards, they’re like a mini photo album, a snapshot in time. So a special few I kept aside.
Today the sun was shining. I opened the windows, warm air flowed through the house. The decking was hosed off, the outdoor furniture on it, old and tired, was reoiled and varnished. Cobwebs were banished. Hubbs and I (and Harry as supervisor) worked as a team. The more mundane chores were accomplished the more the energy seemed to grow.
In response to Mundane Monday Challenge #56
The decluttering will continue. The cards were just the start but somehow it seemed the most poignant. I’ve always believed a good spring clean is a threshold for new energy which leads to:
- Making way for new things and experiences to appear in my life
- Shifting the focus from the past to the present
- Freeing up spaces to help me find my path again.
So today after I flicked through these cards I did a huge cull and released them from the house. The past is the past. Today is what I’m living for and what I’m focusing on.
May we all live our lives today in the present moment, and enjoy making memories, whether routine or mundane, and cherishing the special people in our lives.