“Organizing is what you do before you do something, so that when you do it, it is not all mixed up.” A.A. Milne
If I could walk back in time, I’m sure I’d catch a dazzling view of this ritzy theatre with shimmering lights, people parading in their Sunday best, and lots of anticipation for a romantic evening. As it stands, there are two families waiting to see a cheap show. The chandelier hangs but is partially lit. The adjacent golden fixtures are putting their green faces forward with the energy-efficient, yet ugly, bulbs. All good things must come to an end, but this one is fighting to its death.
What could be a more perfect time to get rid of those things that no longer dazzle? The new year is around the corner, and I love change that I initiate more than change initiated by someone else. To get myself going, I checked out two e-books from the library and both are telling me to throw things out. One says to Throw Out Fifty Things while the other tells me I’ll need to demolish the old in order to start with the new. Both authors have great ideas. Both are challenging me to rid myself of too many things.
Here are five things that I really must throw out before the new year:
1. Throw out the junk food – I talked about this earlier in the year, but all Halloween candy must now be thrown away. If we don’t at least start eating healthy in the new year, when will we ever? Even if we don’t keep it up daily, we must start somewhere. My friends told me about a lady who has lost so much weight they don’t even recognize her. I surely don’t want to go that far, but it is now time to address this stomach bulge. Are you with me?
2. Throw out the idea that I can’t accomplish what I start – In the second book I’m reading, I’m hearing that one of the best ways to complete a task is to understand the motivation behind it. If we know of a reason to accomplish the goal and it has a long-term positive impact on life, we are more likely to accomplish it. I challenge each of us to choose a great goal and write down the reason we want to accomplish it. Then determine how that will impact a positive future. Let’s try it.
3. Throw out the broken things – If I haven’t fixed them yet, I’ll need to fix them now or throw them out. These intentions can hang around and keep me bogged down. The quicker I rid myself of them, or fix them, the better.
4. Throw out the overwhelmed feeling that holds me back – I sometimes don’t want to start because my mind tells me I’ll never get there. Well, why not get started? That’s the worst part for me. So what if I don’t throw away 50 things? I can throw away 5 for sure. That’s 10% that gets me on a roll. Today, I choose not to feel overwhelmed. The goal is mine and not for someone else. If I don’t make it to 50, I’ll still make it to 5. Goodbye overwhelmed feeling that keeps me from starting what I want to start!
5.Throw out one fear - I love what God can do in our hearts when we refuse to fear change. God never changes, yet He is in the changing business. If we are to be more like Him, we have to trust Him with our futures. It’s important to throw out anything that is keeping us from moving in the direction He needs us to go. Throwing away one fear can get me moving in a new direction.
Now comes the decision. We can keep this beautiful chandelier as it is and let it take up space in our lives even though it is not shining beautifully. We can fix it or throw it away. Yes, it seems too valuable to throw away, but will it free us of space needed for something more practical? Will it free us to enjoy life in a different way?
Are we ready to throw away 5 things? What will they be? Are they physical or mental? Please share your list.