Clutter - the word brings to mind the overstuffed closets, the boxes of stuff sitting in the garage, the paper that seems to be everywhere.
But as Peter Walsh's latest newsletter points out, there are more types of clutter to consider. To quote just a bit of that newsletter:
Clutter can also be the way we constantly think about something that routinely trips us up; or the way we speak to a partner or friend that we know we should change but just can’t seem to do; or the bad choices we make, and make, and make again. Our bad habits and repeated negative behavior that we’d love to change (but can’t or don’t) is a form of clutter that we all experience and find tough to get rid of.Other writers touch on the same subject. Katherine Gibson, in Unclutter Your Life, writes about emotional clutter: "Unfulfilling activities and the self-defeating thoughts and feelings that keep us from our highest potential."
When it comes to RELATIONSHIPS there is a ton of clutter that needs clearing out.
- our bad attitudes.
- our past experience that we can’t forget.
- our unreal expectations that our partner can never meet.
And the ARTrepreneur wrote about different types of clutter, including mental clutter, emotional clutter, relationship clutter and health clutter. To quote just a couple choice parts:
MENTAL CLUTTER: Sometimes the chatter in our minds is constant and difficult to decipher. Other times there are the same boorish and loud messages over and over again - messages like "You can't do it!", or, "You're no good!". ...I'm not an expert on clearing the clutter of unhelpful thoughts, attitudes, and expectations (although I do know some wonderful people who are). But it seems that working on the physical clutter and working on the non-physical clutter sometimes go hand in hand; make progress on one and it's easier to make progress on the other.
EMOTIONAL CLUTTER: Emotional clutter stems from the same pack-rat habit of not wanting to let go. Instead of hanging onto an old sweater missing a button, it's hanging onto an old emotion. Once an emotion is over, it's over, unless we choose to hang onto it. That's a powerful ability we have - to either stay enraged, sad or anxious over something that happened three days ago, or three YEARS ago, or let go and give ourselves the freedom.
Related Post: Letting Go of Spiritual or Emotional Clutter
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