As much as I love my minimalist leanings, there are some things you should never, under any circumstances, declutter these out of your world. Keep these things in abundance.
- A sense of humor. Laughter provides blessed release to Clenched Butt Syndrome. Because of the healthful, feel-good hormones released when we have a good belly laugh, laughter really is the best medicine. I can’t think of a better way to deal with the absurdities of life. Try looking on YouTube for something that tickles your funny bone.
- Time to recharge. We are on 24/7 and this is simply not sustainable. Unless, of course, you have time to have a nervous breakdown. Wander down a trail. Or get lost in the stacks at the library. Linger over a cup of coffee with a friend. Do whatever nourishes your spirit.
- A larger perspective. We tend to get myopic and overly focused on ourselves and our problems. Look, I know it’s shocking and I hate to be the bearer of such tidings, but- there are other ways of looking at things! Hold your opinions with open hands. It’ll make you a more fun dinner guest too.
- Lip balm. Uh, well, maybe this isn’t on your list, but this is pretty darn important stuff. I once found myself at work without a lip balm and, oh, I shudder recalling. Now I have these puppies sprinkled everywhere. Except not in the car in summer. Especially in Arizona. (Ask me why I know this is not a good idea.)
- Gratitude. There is always, always, always, something for which you can be grateful. This, too, is good medicine. Can you draw in a breath? Have food to eat? A roof over your head to protect you from the elements? Right now, there are a shit ton of people who would trade places with you in a heartbeat. Not trying to be trite here. But it’s true.
- Time with your loved ones. None of us are guaranteed to wake up tomorrow. I pray it doesn’t take a funeral to remind you of this. Make this a priority and schedule time with your favorite people.
- Hope. So many of us are facing difficulties of grand scale right now. Some of my favorite lines in the Bible are, “And it came to pass…” Please remember that whatever you’re dealing with currently, “now” doesn’t mean forever. Music helps me reconnect with hope when I lose my way. Or call an encouraging friend to cheer you on.
- Time for exercise. Even if it’s just a walk around the block. Our bodies need to MOVE. Exercise has so many positive benefits, both physically and mentally. I have a power playlist of songs that I listen to when I exercise and when I finish, I feel like I can conquer the world.
- Creativity. Have fun! Fingerpaint. Bake a new recipe. Read a book on a topic you know nothing about. Take an adult education class on something that stirs curiosity.
- Love. What the world needs now… remember the song? It’s true. At our core, we humans are love. We forget who we are and lose our way. Allowing that love to flow for self and out to others will bring the healing that is so desperately needed.
What about you? What are some non-thing things that bring joy to your world?
Theresa Winn Lode is a certified life coach and is addicted to Trader Joe’s lip balm. Sometimes when she exercises, she pretends she is 25 again and has long, flowy chestnut hair and a chin that doesn’t jiggle. A glimpse in the mirror then shocks her back to reality. Find her at www.theresalode.com or her Facebook group, Unclutter Your Life with the Zany Sage.