In her Ted Talk on successful aging, 71 year old author and activist, Isabelle Allende, remarked, “It’s great to let go. I should have started sooner.”
That comment made me laugh. I, too, know the relief that comes from letting go – whether it’s an outdated goal, a long held grudge, or as you see in the poster image featured here, possessions that have outlived their usefulness.
A couple of months ago, I actually purged these books from my office. 125 books and seven cardboard boxes later, they were off the shelves, off my mind, and headed into the hands of others who were ready to welcome them aboard. What a relief to lighten up in this way!
As the poster suggests, the first step in getting what you want is having the courage to get rid of what you don’t.
What awaits its exit from your world? An obligation, a possession, a commitment, an intention?
Why not set it free and send it packing today?
If you’ve been following along the last few months, you’ll know that I’ve been researching and design programming around the challenges of mid-life malaise.
I’ve been gifted with an opportunity to share ideas on this topic at the upcoming TEDX Saskatoon program being held this coming Saturday, October 24th. The theme for this event is Elevate, and I’m keen to share strategies for elevating life by successfully navigating the mid life doldrums.
Narrowing what I have to say down to a 15-20 minute time slot has been quite the challenge. But I’ve done it, and can’t wait to deliver. Wish me luck.
If you happen to be in Saskatoon with a free Saturday, I understand a few tickets are still available. You can see the full line up of speakers and get your tickets at: TEDX Saskatoon. Hope to see you there!