Some of my stuff lifts me up. Some of it just weighs me down. Whether our extra baggage is physical, metaphorical or psychological, we could all stand to lose a little. Today's challenge is to lighten your load in a symbolic or actual way. By doing so, we have the opportunity to give a nod to impermanence, investigate our attachments and the trouble they cause us, and maybe even clear out a little breathing room.
For many of us January 2 is the first day back at work after a long break. You can make this challenge as big or small as you like; it can be a five minute task or an all day affair. Here are some ideas:
Pack a box for Goodwill or another charity shop. Give a nice outfit you no longer need to an organization like Dress for Success, which provides wardrobes for job seekers. Regift something to someone who will appreciate or use it. Pass some canned goods and packaged foods on to a food bank. Take some of those leftover treats to work to share.
On the more psychological side:
Examine your limiting beliefs and behaviors and choose one to give up just for today. Perhaps self-deprecation, negativity, or self-righteousness.
Surrender a resentment toward yourself, a situation or a person. Write it down, "out of the body and onto the page", and how you will live it today. Maybe add what you see as a positive outcome of choosing to release it.
I'm betting you all will come up with other inventive ways to play with the idea of shedding some excess.
Let me know how you managed to lighten up a little today. You can leave comments here, email me or join us on Facebook.
Thanks for being company on the 31 day challenge!
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