If now is when, then when do you start, but now?
Right here, where you are, with what you’ve got.
For some of us, we may have chosen clutter as an ally to shield us from difficult decisions, or to mask loneliness, emotional pain, or fear of change.
We may come to a point where our natural desire to grow past where we are brings us the awareness that the clutter that’s been protecting us will not support us moving forward.
It may feel like a bright light floods our surroundings, magnifying every messy corner, every broken commitment, every pile of indecision.
Coming into awareness can be painful. The pain of awareness is a gift. Choices we’ve made in the past that no longer feel acceptable. The pain can push us to risk action outside of our comfort zone, but often, our knee jerk reaction to the pain of awareness is to beat ourselves up.
Recovery wisely advocates “awareness, acceptance, action“. Its hard to create lasting change from a place of reaction, which is what occurs when we move from awareness into action without appreciating what “is”.
As my young, wise friend Amelia said today, “Your journey has molded you for your greater good, and it was exactly what it to be. Don’t think that you’ve lost time. There is no short-cutting to life. It took each and every situation you have encountered to bring you to the now. And now is right on time.”
Another of my teachers asks “What part of you do you have difficulty being with?” It bears examining, because we can’t shift anything we’re not able to sit with.
Compassion, understanding, and love must be our new ally’s when were requesting new behaviors and outcomes from ourselves.
Its never too late to begin, and the tiniest beginning can be enough to shift mountains.
And here’s an unexpected spiritual paradox for you: finding the gratitude for your clutter, finding and honoring just how it’s served you and finding the love you have for yourself, that created the clutter in the first place may be the start that moves mountains, whereas finding the weekend to go to town throwing things out may find you back where you started before you know it, if you skip over the acceptance piece.
When we can hold love and appreciation through our process of change, were much more likely to succeed in getting to where we want to go.
When can we start with love, acceptance and compassion? Ready, set, GO!