Happy Saturday, we made it through another week!
I have a challenge for you that will be a mental challenge, not a physical cleaning challenge. When I work with people I try to find ways to get them excited about the thought of cleaning up their homes. We can't expect our minds to be happy about doing something difficult, its just not programmed that way. But when there is a reward for hard work, it sure makes it easier.
If you are part of our support group you already know I am a big believer in finding your motivation to get you through the cleanup effort and process. So todays assignment is simply..."Finding My Motivation".
I want each of you to get out a piece of paper or your computer and write down what you miss out of your life since the clutter started. This does not include anything that might have actually triggered the hoard, but rather things you have lost out of life after the hoarding started. What passion have you lost out of life? What joy did you used to get and how? Do you wish you could have a room completely set up to do crafts, play music, etc? Do you miss your family sitting around the dinner table?
Almost everyone I have worked with through the past 17 years has missed out on so much, and this assignment is to remind us what we are passionate about in life, and what we have traded in for "stuff". This is going to be your motivation to find the strenght inside of you when things get tough, or your are just having a bad day.
This list of your lifes passion should be hung up and posted where you will see it every day, to remind yourself, you are worth more than meaningless clutter. It is to help motivate you when you are struggling to let go, that in order to move forward, we must let go of the past. Too many people are holding onto the memories, which are completely stopping them from making new memories for the future. Find your passion folks, each and everyone of us have it inside us. If we don't find it, we will never truly be happy.
Have a great weekend everyone and if you want to share your thoughts on your own passion, please post a reply :)