I’m one of those people who over-packs and carries too many bags. Don’t get me wrong, it’s not a bad thing to be prepared but I haul way too much around with me.
I’ve reflected this week on our individual loads – what we carry around with us physically, emotionally, spiritually and mentally. Since I over-pack in the physical sense, I wondered if I also “over-pack” in other areas of my life. I realize that I can’t eliminate my loads completely but I can simplify what I carry so I’m not wasting precious energy on things that really don’t matter. David A. Bednar’s most recent General Conference talk offered great insight:
“Sometimes we mistakenly may believe that happiness is the absence of a load. But bearing a load is a necessary and essential part of the plan of happiness. Because our individual load needs to generate spiritual traction, we should be careful to not haul around in our lives so many nice but unnecessary things that we are distracted and diverted from the things that truly matter most.”
LOVE that! As part of my “spring cleaning”, I want to lighten up – physically, emotionally, spiritually and mentally. It’s time to let go of physical junk, expectations, guilt, demands and beliefs that don’t enrich my life, bring me closer to my loved ones and Heavenly Father and help me live a happier, healthier life. Definitely not easy but something I feel will be worth it for me. I already know where I want to start – physical items.
Over the last two years, I’ve made a dedicated effort to eating healthier, exercising consistently and generally treating my body better. I lost a little weight and have slowly replaced my old clothes with ones that fit my body better. When I donate my old clothes, I feel lighter and excited – the old clothes represent old thoughts, ideas, beliefs about myself and behaviors that don’t fit my life now. I realized recently that I’m still hanging on to clothes and other physical items that don’t enrich my life, serve a purpose for me or make me happy. I’m sure I do this in other aspects of my life…
I’ll start here and keep you posted.
In case anyone else is in the same boat and feeling overwhelmed, it helps to remind myself that all I need to do is take consistent small steps toward my goal.
What physical item, expectation, demand, practice, etc. will you let go of to lighten your load?