Life is ever-changing. And as change in our life occurs, we need to adapt, evolve, and re-evaluate. Roll with the punches, so to speak. We need to adjust, regroup and grow, or get left in the dust. Boo-boos happen. We muck things up sometimes, and that is life. It takes a lot of energy to wallow in the past, I prefer to redirect that energy to something more positive and productive.
You know that old saying "Live for today. Don't worry about tomorrow for it is not here yet. Don't fret about yesterday because it is in the past..."
You know that saying? Yes? Good. Because it's pretty much TRUE.
Clearing the clutter in our life doesn't always mean emptying the shoe closet and throwing out old paper. We need to rewire our thinking as well and shoosh out some of that insanium in the old cranium. Look for those triggers in our life that are draining us of energy and joy.
Not sure what those "triggers" are? Well, that's easy. Just ask that naggy little voice in your head that's always running in the background. You know, the one that's always rippin on you about "you shoulda" as in "you shoulda taken your kids pacifier away sooner! Now he will need braces!" or even "you shoulda taken that job upgrade at work even if it was longer hours! Now you will be poor and living in a box under a bridge!"
Our brain is such a Drama Queen sometimes.
The bottom line is, as you are preparing for the New Year's Resolutions for 2012, and "declutter" is on your list-keep in mind that includes your mind.
How? Tie up those loose ends that nag at you, and wipe away the things that are beyond your control (like pacifiers and uber-hard jobs). If you really want to get visual about it, make a list. A list of all the things bugging you and weighing you down. Separate to into " list buckets". The "Priorities for 2012 Bucket" (fitness, job changes, continued education etc) the "Too Friggin Late so Get Over It" Bucket (lamenting about pacifiers, that you lost your daughters favorite Barbie hat, or the fact you left the garage door open in '08) and lastly "Long Term Goals" bucket.
The Priority Bucket should be things that important and critical, and should be posted so they are in your face everyday. The "Get Over It" Bucket is just that-let it go and get over it. Menatally flush the items on that list down the crapper and never think about them again. The "Long Term Goals" would be things that need to get done at some point in the next 3-5 years. These are great to list and post on the fridge. There's just something empowering about crossing things off a list :)
Sometimes life events force us to change quickly, some are more gradual. Some changes are good, some bad, but change just about always it challenges us and makes us look at the obvious in a new light. Take the time now to get your thoughts in order so you can start with a fresher, more energized you in 2012.