I was thinking about the post I wrote about getting rid of excess and I realized that that whole process has had a bigger impact on me than I thought.
For far too long, I’ve been basing my value on the quantity and quality of the things I own. For far too long, I’ve found my self-worth in my things rather than in myself and my faith and most importantly, how God sees me.
As a result of getting rid of so much excess in my life, you could say I’ve been ridding myself of self-excess. Since getting rid of things I don’t need anymore, I’ve started valuing other things more like:
- relationships with friends and family
- seeking out and spending quality time with friends
- actually enjoying the little moments and seconds that make up the minutes and hours of each day
- spending less time thinking about accumulating more stuff and instead savoring every moment and trying to live life to the fullest
- Instead of worrying about my wants being fulfilled, I realize my needs already have been and I try to spend more time lending a helping hand to those around me (this year I really want to stop wasting my “free” time and instead spend it on helping people)
- new and strengthened friendships with co-workers
- really be THERE and in the moment for my daughters and husband
It’s astounding how I’ve changed (at least to me it feels like it) since I’ve started this endeavor to rid my life of excess. It feels sorta like when I lost 50+ pounds in 2011…one day I suddenly noticed that I didn’t feel so weighed down anymore. This is like an emotional and mental process of “loosing weight”…I’ve freed up the space that I wasted with all my junk (especially time that I’ve wasted) that now I can fill it with other worthwhile endeavors (like helping others).
So my challenge remains the same…find the excess in your life and try to find a way to rid yourself of it. Look at the physical things you own and the way you spend your time. We are so used to excess that it’s scary to think of getting rid of it…just do it though. You’ll find that you never needed that stuff anyway and you’re better off without it bogging you down.
To refresh your memory: