I can write and tell you that I failed to get rid of all the items (especially in week three and four) the numbers are too high to mention and although it feels like a failure, it most definitely is not. Yes, I failed to take out the said number of items per day but when I look at the bigger picture, I learnt so much from this journey. For starters, every-time I go out, I don’t shop just because something might look cute. I think about the usability of it and how much I actually need it. I look around my house and I have the vision to see the worth of keeping things in my house or giving to someone who might need it more?
I found out a few things about myself in the process too. I don’t have much attachment to my possessions. I am so grateful for everything that I’ve been blessed with but at the same time, I know these aren’t the things that define me nor do they make me happy, like I once thought they did. I’ve got a roof over my head, a safe place for my children to play and shelter to keep warm/cool and out of harms way. Alhamdulilah.
In the times I spent clearing out my wardrobe, drawers, Janas toy baskets and even asking my husband to see if he had clothes he wished to part with (his logic to keeping his clothes makes more sense to him then the act of ridding yourself of worldly possessions.) He helped me out by taking a few items out which I thought was amazing, I made sure to revisit my intentions. Starting off, this was a way of doing some well needed clearing but at the same time I wanted to make it more about giving. Some items got thrown away but most of them I gave away (hoping it reached someone in need). Your intentions are what make you different. It’s what makes your act of kindness – just that. If your mind is preoccupied with making your journey about how people will view you, you most definitely won’t get much benefit from it. Keep revisiting your intentions.
We all have our weaknesses, something that holds more value to us and might seem worthless to an outsider. I just feel we shouldn’t ever get too attached which is how I discovered, my frequent clearing out of personal possessions is probably the reason I am able to stay away from sentiments like those.
Thanks to everyone who followed me on this path. I hope you’re able to follow suit and allow yourself to distance yourself from these possessions. Happy new year.