Today’s guest, Sora Garrett is not just another organizational guru. Sora caused me to consider an expanded view of “clutter” in all areas of my life. I’m so happy her newest book, Simply Enough, Create Space for What Matters was launched this week. I needed to grow awake in this area.
Which of my belongings make me most happy?
Are any of my possessions no longer aligned with who I am becoming?
How would losing all (or most) of my possessions impact me?
What were the times when I had enough…more than enough…not enough?
“Until you know what truly matters where you are right now, you won’t know what you truly need to get where you are going”Sora Garrett
In her book, Sora encourages us to make two lists:
A JOY LIST – a reminder of your destination, and what you want to keep for the journey
A CLUTTER LIST – the possessions and areas of your life that feel heavy or burdensome.
“Choose 3 things from your CLUTTER LIST to give someone who will appreciate it, or a thrift store where it can be found by someone who needs it.”Sora Garrett
A STORY OF NOT ENOUGH
I love the parable about a woman who has the opportunity to tour both heaven and hell.Simply Enough, Create Space For What Matters page 68
The woman is first taken to hell, through the fiery gates and into a large room. What she sees is completely different than the images of hell she was taught as a child. There are tables and tables overflowing with food of every kind, goblets of golden wine, music, bounty everywhere. Yet the people sitting around the tables look famished and miserable. The woman is puzzled, but then she notices something strange.
The people in hell are holding long spoons, but their arms are unable to bend so it is impossible for them to feed themselves. So even though the people are sitting around tables laden with a generous supply of food, they are starving.
Interesting, she thinks, and asks to be taken to heaven. She walks through a different set of gates, these pearly, into another large room. Astonished, she sees exactly the same setting: tables overflowing with food, goblets of wine, music, people sitting around the tables with long spoons and unbending arms.
But in heaven, the people are smiling, laughing, dancing and glowing with good health.
There is one simple difference. In heaven, the people have learned to feed each other.
In hell, they are still holding on.
I learned today to stop holding on. Will you join me?