September always feels like a new start for me. Although I’ve been out of school for many years, the end of August still brings a flood of back-to-school feelings – excitement and anticipation, mingled with the uncertainty of what’s ahead. (Not to mention the strange desire to buy pens, pencils and binders. But I digress).
This fall is no exception and some changes are ahead. I’m now more focused on living on purpose than in the past, and as part of that, I’m embarking on some new experiences that really excite me. More on that in a future post.
My 6-year-old, J, is also heading into some changes. He’s starting grade one and is going into French Immersion. Since the program isn’t offered at the school where he was, he’s switching schools. And although he’s putting on a brave face, I know he feels pangs of concern about leaving the friends he made in junior and senior kindergarten, and uneasy – yet kind of excited – about the changes ahead.
So, it’s time for us to make room. For what? For positive new experiences, challenges and friendships that stretch and complement who we are.
In a recent post, Betsy at The Zen Mama’s Blog talks beautifully about the power of letting go. She suggests we become weighed down in life by the things we thought we needed but that don’t actually serve us (I’m paraphrasing).
To prepare ourselves for the changes this fall brings, we’re starting to purge. Purging is such a great process. We give away what we’re not using so others can make use of it (why simply store something to collect dust?) and recycle or throw away what isn’t usable. Then we breathe a sigh of relief. It’s as if a huge weight is lifted from our shoulders.
For our son, we helped him organize and declutter his piles of toys and artwork, then banished the dust bunnies. Then we moved his furniture around for the first time in over two years. It was amazing: since we involved him in the process and got his opinion on where he’d like things, he felt like such a ‘big boy.’ He really embraced the whole thing and was proud of his new space. We set up a table in his room for him to do artwork/ homework and he spent a couple of hours up there unprompted, enjoying his realm and creating art.
Now, it’s my turn to get organized. It’s been awhile. I’ll be purging stuff like:
– clutter (it’s so distracting, pulling my focus from where I want it to be)
– stale, limiting beliefs about who I am and what I can and can’t do (this part will be the bigger effort, since these dust bunnies have accumulated over decades).
If you’re starting something new, try letting go of something old that’s no longer serving you. Purging makes room for new adventures. You’ll be amazed at the great things that come into your life when you’ve created the space for it.
Go forth and declutter!