Here's a little secret -- you've already completed the first step by simply wanting to find your secret garden.
Clutter can be anything... your kitchen junk drawer or the dreaded closet in your home literally bursting with stuff. It can also be the spaces inside of us that need a review and refresh.
So, ask yourself: Do I have too much clutter in my life?
Never-ending to-do lists you can’t scratch the surface of?
Closets with way too much stuff you find they function best if they’re never opened?
All the Texts, Facebook, YouTube, Twitter, Instagram, Snapchat, WhatsApp, WeChat notifications that came in and OMG, it's only 8am.
An email inbox so filled that you have to delete one to receive one? Or another with so many emails saved, but it's okay since you still have 20 kajillion MBs left? (someday soon I will surely need to save 40% off, do the new abs 30 day challenge, or sign that petition to save the world!)
And why won’t that iCloud get backed up already?!
Say it with me now: Clutter.
And we haven't touched the other forms of clutter inside of us. Anxiety, guilt, self-doubt, negative self-talk, the internal "i-shoulda" voice always saying "I should have not done x or chosen y." The dreaded, ‘What if….”
"Why start working out when my gym plans always fail after a few weeks? I'll never lose the weight..."
"I'll never be happy, that's only for people with easy lives."
"Something is wrong with me that I can't find love."
"I'm such a loser, everyone else seems to be doing something with their lives... why can't I just figure it out!?"
"I shouldn't want that..."
“What if people find out who I truly am <insert your internal critic voice here>?"
All those harsh words... That we use on our own selves... all clutter. And the worst kind to have at that..
But, here’s the good news:
ALL Clutter can be DE-cluttered with some effort, and a bit of practice. The thing about clutter is that at some point, we just accept it as a necessary part of our life... But it doesn't have to be.
So, spend the next week taking stock of the clutter in your spaces, externally and internally. Make a list, don't worry about making another crazy to do list with what to do with the clutter. Just take time to notice it. Note it down even, and share what you find with me. Next week, I'll talk about how to de-clutter, but no rush. It took a long, long time to accumulate the mess, it's OK if it takes some time to clear it out.
And as the clutter disappears the path to your secret garden become easier to find...
To a Life Beyond Measure,
The Life Engineer
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