Spring is here. As a child, I remember that with the first signs of Spring came Spring Cleaning. I was never a big fan of the process. We had to clean up, but we also had to throw out our broken toys and clear out the clutter in the house. For some reason, I was never a fan of getting rid of things. I wanted to hold on to the broken toy because I remembered how much joy it bought me. I always felt like it would serve another purpose.
I think I retained that thinking for years and it didn’t help me. If you ever watched the show, Hoarders, you can see what happens when you hold on to everything. Eventually, it stops you for living. It paralyzes you. Now, you may not be a hoarder, but it is very possible to be an emotional hoarder. Unfortunately, social media encourages us to collect people and keep them in our digital life longer than they would naturally be in our physical life. Ex-lovers and friends hide out in our friends’ list even though we claim to have moved on.
It may be time to clean your emotional house. Who are you renting space to and what are you storing there? There are people in your life who add no real value. They rent out space in your mind, but refuse to return the favor or pay for their space in kindness, respect or love. It might be time to evict. Anyone that doesn’t add to you in a positive way is just sucking up your energy.
We can also hold on to thoughts and memories that do nothing, but weigh us down. Maybe, you are holding all these beliefs in boxes in the attic of your emotional house. You may think that it doesn’t matter, but maybe those beliefs are like mold infecting the nerve center of the house and making everyone and everything sick. Maybe it’s time to clear out all those beliefs that don’t help you, but keep you stuck where you don’t want to be.
Spring cleaning may be the time to clean your emotional house. The weather is going to get nice, so what better time to be free of all the things that are weighing you down or making you feel bad. Whatever doesn’t serve you, interrupts you. It’s time to clean house.
“You cannot expect to live a positive life if you hang with negative people.” – Joel Osteen