If you love a flower don’t pick it up. Because if you pick it up it dies and it ceases to be what you love. So if you love a flower let it be. Love is not about possession. It’s about appreciation. Oslo
It was a tangible reminder of my dear late mum who loved them and I couldn’t resist picking it up and placing it on the table.
There it became our “natural centrepiece”, pretty but probably not necessary.
I’ve always loved decorating my home with beautiful things but these days it’s not as important.
‘Things’ are just that.
Maybe that’s why I love camping so much. It’s minimalistic.
When I return home I’m always struck by how much stuff we have. And how little we actually need to live on.
Do we really need half of what we accumulate in our lifetime?
Like these sea shells I found on a rocky Queensland beach, all washed up by Mother Nature.
I used to love collecting them.
I’d put them in a jar, bring them home, display them for awhile, then eventually the shells would gather dust and be relegated to a back corner, adding to my clutter.
But not anymore. These amazing creations of the sea belong on the ocean floor, not in my home.
Everything has its place.
Yes, reminders are nice, but the best souvenirs, at least for me, are the photos I take and the words I journal every day.
These are the reminders that leave tracks of time and place in my mind.
In due course I’ll turn these words into articles, that will eventually, hopefully appear in Australian travel magazines.
Today I’m letting go of what has built up at home … papers, clothes, household items I rarely use.
But more importantly, I’m letting go of old thinking habits and negative patterns that no longer serve me … my focus has shifted.
I’m on a purge and it feels right.
It might take a while but I’m finding out what I love and what I need in my life to make me happy.
This is my new mantra. “Let go, let go, let go. “
Sometimes we can hold on so tight to something in our mind that we lose sight of everything else. We become consumed with an illusion.
But it doesn’t have to be that way.
We always have a choice. And we shouldn’t be scared to let go of the old to embrace the new. That’s what I intend to do.
It will take time, and I know it’s a long road ahead of me, but I also know that, with faith and focus, everything will become clear again.
Let go of whatever doesn’t serve you and watch your world change, for the better.
As a dear friend said to me the other day, “You will only get better and better and better.”
Do everything with a mind that lets go … If you let go a little you will have a little peace; if you let go a lot you will have a lot of peace; if you let go completely you will have complete peace.” –
“Let it go or let it be … just as the flowers grow wild and the sea shells fade out to sea, so will our negative thoughts. ” Me
Here’s to finding peace, a mindful heart and looking forward in the journey.