When talking to audiences about the Wholehearted Living program, I inevitably come to the topic of “clutter. I explain that our courses help women to declutter their lives – emotionally, physically and spiritually.
Physical clutter is the simplest for people to identify. They can easily look in their closets, cars or cupboards and see the material possessions they’ve accumulated. Unfortunately, many fail to recognize the damage their clutter is doing to them; clutter causes stress, shame, time and money.
Emotional and spiritual clutter are not as easy to identify. However, regardless of the type of clutter, the cause is always the same.
Clutter is caused by indecision.
It really is that simple.
Think about it; if our closets are full, it’s because we’ve failed to make a decision about what items to discard – to sell, donate or throw away. We’ve continued to bring new things in (into our closets, cars or workspace), yet we’ve not made decisions about what to eliminate.
Our indecision not only affects our physical stuff, but also our emotional and spiritual stuff.
Because we’ve failed to make decisions about our emotional stuff (our emotional hurts and hungers), we find ourselves with an insatiable appetite for possessions, food, alcohol, drugs or other things. Unfortunately, that’s a recipe for disaster. Trying to meet our internal needs with external substances, will always fail.
If you’re ready to get rid of the clutter in your life, start by making a decision. Make the decision to stop focusing on your compulsive behaviors – for those are only a symptom of the deeper issue; make the decision to address your emotional hunger.
When you’re able to satisfy your emotional needs your compulsive behaviors will no longer be necessary. In addition, you’ll be in a position to make powerful decisions – ones that will eliminate clutter and provide the calm, peaceful environment in which to live your best life.
Powerful decisions lead to wholehearted living.