Downsizing: Letting Go of "Stuff"
I’m planning to move! And for the first time in my life that means “downsizing.” I ask myself, when, or why did it come to this?
Over the years I’ve helped others move into smaller spaces, but never myself (unless you count when I became a Dominican!). Over the years, though, I also accumulated “stuff.” Some of it is related to whatever ministry I had at the time – books and papers, primarily – and for some reason I’ve had a hard time letting go of it all. Now is the time, though. So in the next few months I will need to remember, and to let go.
Remembering takes me back to those places where I’ve been and to those things I was concerned about. I was younger then and had what seemed to be an endless lifetime ahead of me. I never even thought about getting older or not being involved in ministry.
Letting go, on the other hand, means that I need to remember that I am no longer the person I once was. I need to let go of my younger self so that I can be the mentor that others expect of me.
Once again I need to ask: when, or why did it come to this?
A question for you is: Can you imagine yourself being, like me, at the other end of your life?
Ruth Poochigian, O.P.