For the last year or so, I’ve been convicted about the need to downsize my life. I have too much stuff. Plain and simple. (And if you suspect I’m overstating the problem, check out my New Year’s resolution from 2008. Yeah. It’s that bad. Although I did manage to rid my house of Chicken Dance Ernie.)
My home isn’t the only place in my life that’s cluttered. My schedule is cluttered. My mind is cluttered. I don’t think my heart is horribly cluttered (which is probably why I feel so convicted about this), but that’s about the only area of my life that doesn’t scream “this is a seriously overextended woman who needs to get a grip!”
The problem is, I can’t get a grip. I’ve tried. And failed miserably. Over and over again.
I have begun to wonder if perhaps the problem is not that I need to get a grip–perhaps it’s that I need to release my grip. I am not sure what that would look like in my life, and pondering the implications is scary. However, it has become very clear to me that I cannot maintain the life I have created for myself. Not well, at least. Something needs to give, and too often the things that are put on the back burner are the things that are the most important to me.
Anyone else ever feel like their activities are inversely-proportional to their values?
So, I will be pondering. And praying. If any of you want to pray that God gives me wisdom and clarity in this process, I would be thankful and blessed!
In the meantime, I found this video inspiring (although perhaps a bit simpler for a single New Yorker to pull off than a family of six). Enjoy!
How about you? Do you feel like you need to downsize your life? Have you successfully transitioned to a more sane lifestyle? Share your thoughts in the comments! (Pretty please–I need all the help and inspiration I can get!)