The Pursuit of Happiness :Just in time for the holidays

I had been downsizing over the last few years and did the ultimate not long ago by selling almost all of my furniture, knick knacks, kitchen stuff and really just about everything.

What is most amusing is the reactions from others. Some had a look of fear, some sympathy, some are aghast. Some say they wish they had the nerve to do the same. So many reactions. And, of course, they are reacting from wherever they are in life.

There was a time in my life when my kids were small and we were in the accumulation phase. I look back at that from my new perspective and wish we had held back more, fewer toys and certainly smaller Christmases. Christmas was always a massive, consumptive, display that made me uncomfortable. Yet I let it happen, even participated in it. It always felt unsettling to me that no matter how much we donated to Toys for Tots it highlighted the huge disparity between kids needing shoes and a winter coat versus my kids with all they wanted and even more. Excess.

I look back and wish I had done some things differently, but when we know better we do better. What do we really need?

I am at a time in my life where my kids are grown and gainfully employed. My full time responsibility to them has shifted. It is now my time. And in downsizing and finding the freedom that brings it feels as though the sky is the limit. I can move or live anywhere. I can settle in to one place or test out many. I can focus on what is important and not get weighed down by my stuff. It is freeing.

I know we are all at different stages of life and doing the extreme like I did is not always possible. But I highly recommend looking around you, start pitching, donating and simplifying. It not only clears the house, it clears the mind and the spirit! Namaste

Betsy Smith has her own business in anti-aging and brain health….learn how you can increase your memory, focus and energy.

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