Last week and this weekend I spent some time cleaning out our house that we are selling. We had a tag sale and it was great to see other people find joy in or use things that I no longer value or need. In some ways it is difficult to sell this house because it has been in my family since it was built in the 1840's. It is also the first house my husband and I lived in when we got married, and we put a tremendous amount of energy into restoring it. There are so many wonderful memories. Here is our wedding day, where he is carrying me over the threshold.
Last year we bought another lovely house though, so we moved and had some people renting this one. I'm not a fan of being a landlord unfortunately, and we came to the decision to sell. Although its difficult and there are so many memories, I had to make a decision between 'holding on' to this house for sentimental reasons and have it be a burden on me, or letting it go.
Although memories are wonderful, I've learned that in order to live fully in the present, we can't focus on the past. Hopefully we can learn from it, but if we try to hold on to it, we can't move forward into the future that awaits us.
I'm also beginning to do a 'spring cleaning' for my body as well. I've never done a 'cleanse' per se, but I'm getting ready to try to cut out coffee, alcohol, sugars, meat, and more dairy from my diet. I know that I've let too much 'dust' settle and its time to get things in order. If anyone has any advice on this I welcome it.
Even though cleaning and cleansing can be hard work, it is such an integral part of creating the happy lives we all desire. A month or so ago I picked up The Happiness Project in a bookstore and read the first chapter. The author, Gretchen Rubin, found that these little things like getting rid of clutter, exercising, eating in a mindful and healthful way, getting enough sleep, etc. were so integral to creating a more happy life. I'm going to read the rest of her book at some point, but for now I'm enjoying her blog. I also just read Quantum Wellness, which I highly recommend for anyone wanting to learn more about a holistic approach to wellness.