Most of us weren’t jilted at the altar, but sometimes we hang onto things that have unhappy associations. Legal papers from events we’d rather forget, textbooks from subjects we didn’t excel in, photographs from relationships that ended badly. The diet cookbook your ex gave you, a series of critical letters that make you sad to read. An unfair job evaluation from someone who didn’t “get” you. Stuff from a stressful time in your life.
People say, “I have to keep it to remind me . . .” But remind you of what? Whatever lesson it was supposed to teach you, you’ve already learned. So move on.
Sometimes I tease people about their fears that the Accuracy Police will knock on the door and demand to see their old report cards, tax returns, and every unflattering photo ever taken of them. So in the interest of “truth,” they’re afraid to discard even things that portray them in an less-than-flattering light. But there's no reason to keep anything that makes you wince or makes you feel unhappy when you look at it. The Accuracy Police don't make house calls anymore.
You may think that because something is hidden out of sight, it isn’t affecting you. But you know it’s there.
The challenge is to find things this week that weigh you down--and say goodbye.
What do you think about this? I'd love to hear another side!