In the Spirit of Decluttering.
You grow up, whether you like it or not, and it just continues to happen. If you don’t catch up fast enough it gets you to a really complicated place, but when you adjust accordingly it gets you closer to the place you aspire to be. Time doesn’t give you space to breath, it just keeps ticking and ticking, and your environment keeps changing and changing and in the midst of all this what’s left is you and your next step.
It’s taken me this long to figure that much. I remember when I was moving out of home and my dad’s biggest concern was whether I had something to cook food with and somewhere to store it. For him that was one of the determining factors of whether I was ready to leave the nest or not, and he was really serious about it. That was after discussing how I planned to go about paying my rent and utility bills and still remain with some money to pay for transport and buy my essentials, with my then meager salary. The budget was tight.
So when I was creating my shopping list of all the essential things I would need for my new house, those two things were top on my list – a fridge and a 2 plate gas burner among other things. It was a no brainer and an unspoken agreement. I had an overall cost I was working with, and to show that I was at least responsible enough, I started saving towards it. That’s how my independence started out, of course with a lot of guidance and assistance. The world felt way bigger than I had anticipated – but my guiding principle was – live within my means and I simply won’t have to rely on anyone. Thankfully, it worked.
Most of the time, you just don’t know where this life will take you. You put in time and effort in creating your plan for the future, but at the end of the day you can only control so much. It’s important to have a plan so that you can be clear on what you are working towards, but at the same time be aware that it might or might not go according to your plan. That perfection is not necessarily what you had planned, but what you make out of your situation. You might not get what you wanted (at least not at the very moment), or you might get it and at the next it’s not there anymore and you have to figure out how to deal with it. It could be anything from your house being broken into and your things being stolen, losing your job, losing your loved one, getting unwell, not managing to finish school, business failing, not finding a job immediately after graduating, not having enough money to sustain you or your relationships not working out.
I’m a self-proclaimed worrier, and sometimes my thoughts could incline to, “what’s the worst that could happen?” or “it could have been worse” in a situation. I think of what are the chances of these things happening to me or those around me, and it scares me that I don’t know what’s coming next. And sometimes I can spend the precious time I could be doing something better worrying about things that are non-existent, instead of enjoying the present. It’s actually quite ridiculous now when I put it into writing. So over the holidays, I had this eureka moment where the hymn words that we just sing through, ‘take my life and let it be consecrated, Lord, to thee’ became clearer and shone brighter than ever. Because really, worry or not, life still goes on, but if you lay down your worries to a power greater than you (God), and release your burdens to him, then you’re good to go and at free will to just live and let live. Today I’ll go the bible way, it says,
So do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ For the pagans run after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them. But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own. Matthew 6:31-34
And so in the spirit of decluttering, I decided to start with my thoughts. I would like to stir away from worrying because it’s really of no use and a waste of the said precious time. I will plan ahead as that’s our way of life, but I will leave the control to him because only he knows best. Let’s roll with the punches should they ever come along and learn to adjust to any changes, and always keep moving steadily – of course through his guidance. He says,
“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” Jeremiah 29:11
Oh and in the same spirit of decluttering, it’s time to let go of some things. It’s really difficult to let go of firsts, but I have to. I am selling my cute little ‘one door’ fridge (that I mentioned above and pictures below), which has continued to faithfully serve me over the years. It’s ideal for someone who’s starting out and needs a place to store the food they cook. It’s in mint condition. I’m letting go of it because it really doesn’t make sense having two fridges anymore and need to create some space. Seeing as we’re not at that point in our lives where we can consistently stock up a beverage only fridge, sometimes it ends up staying empty but stills uses electricity – not economical. If you’re interested, please drop me an email on firstname.lastname@example.org or a message on Facebook or Twitter. Then we can talk of the price (which is inclusive of the depreciation value).
Fridge for Sale.
Did you join the decluttering bandwagon this year? How did that go? Where did you start? Now that January is about to end, I hope your year is off to a great start.
Happy Hump Day Snippers.
Signing Off ~~~ *Kawi*