What if our best interest is to realize nothing is missing? —Pam Grout
What are you working toward in your life? What’s missing? What do you wish you had more of?
As creative, ever-expanding beings, we are great problem-solvers and self-improvement enthusiasts. Overcoming and surviving are badges of honor, and we are superb at fixing and solving. We recognize that we want something better, something more, something…else — and we pursue these dreams.
And although we think we’re focusing on the happy thing we are working towards, we are actually giving our attention to the fact that we’re working towards that happy thing. Which means we don’t have it.
We can spend our lives in constant search of something that we perceive is missing.
Here’s a simple, two-step realization to get what you desire:
Have you ever wanted to begin something new and interesting — a new exercise habit, a different way of eating, a hobby — but it felt so huge that you postponed starting?
We’ve heard before that all we have to do is just…start. It’s simple, it’s true, and yet… it’s not always easy.
Well, I’ve learned a way to start that is easy. And joyful. Maybe it will work for you, too:
In a fit of winter catharsis, I cleaned out the storeroom.
Let me first clarify that I absolutely adore my cozy home. I’m grateful that the upstairs log walls are not covered and hidden by extra separated areas. They’re beautiful, and they hold and radiate a lot of warmth when exposed. Downstairs, our optimized basement features our family projection movie room (best home feature ever!). Creative use of limited square footage ingeniously utilizes a door-sized clothes rack, well, exactly behind the opened door of each bedroom (upstairs and downstairs).
Technically, this house has no actual closets. And yet it works beautifully. Which makes me think I should write a book on creative storage options…but I digress.
The point is, years ago my husband had built a storage room downstairs for me. One that I can walk into and move around a bit in. More importantly, one that I can shut the door on and eliminate the visual chaos that’s behind it. Because…everything is behind it.
You are more than the condition of your wardrobe.
You are more than your hairstyle.
You are more than your age or other demographics.
You are more than your very real aches and pains.
You are more than your high school experience.
You are more than your job description.
You are more than what you see in the media.
You are more than the state of your house.
You are more than the contents of your fridge.
You are more than your family role.
You are more than your failures. You are more than your successes.
You are more than what you think. You are more than what you see.
We get a lot of birds hitting our windows. Most of the impacts are gentle hiccups in otherwise continuing flight patterns. However, sometimes there’s an intensity to the sound that makes us fly out of our seats and immediately launch into Bird Rescue mode.
And I had just heard it.