Drop the Old
Be like a tree and let the dead leaves drop.
Today I threw away old photo albums. I’ve lately realized that all those pictures aren’t treasures others want to inherit. In fact, none of us have looked at them in years. I kept a pile for each of our sons, but the rest are in the garbage. Every time I clear out another shelf of things I’ve been holding onto for years, I feel lighter and energized (and our sons breathe a sigh of relief that they won’t have to go through it all themselves).
Of course, it’s not just extra things in my life that weigh me down. Old beliefs about myself and others, obligations, guilt and regrets, and the sunk costs of all the things I’ve invested in one way or another hold me back from living fully in the present and taking risks for the future. I want to learn from my past and to be grateful for the place it’s brought me, but I don’t want to stay there.
Letting go of the things that no longer nurture and support me creates space for the new. As I release the old, I tell the story of that event or belief in a new way to encourage the growth I want. I focus on the beauty and gift of each leaf as I let it go. But, in the end, I need to drop the old to grow the new.