I took my own challenge to get rid of something this weekend.
I threw away something I had been holding onto for a really long time.
I threw away braces from an injury I’m still working through.
I haven’t used the braces since the fall of 2017.
I’m a lot better, but I was holding onto them just in case I ever needed them in the future.
I know I said on Friday that if you haven’t used something in the past six months, chances are good you’re not going to use it in the future.
I wasn’t taking my own advice.
When I thought about it, though, I realized I’ve returned to my daily activities and exercises without the braces, they took up a lot of space in the box they were in, and seeing them reminded me of the pain I had previously been through.
So why was I holding onto them?
I decided it was time to thank the braces for their part in the healing process and put them in the trash.
Now that the braces are gone, I can move on from what the braces reminded me of and focus even more on the healing process.
And, I have a little more space in the house.
Choosing less isn’t easy — as I reminded myself this weekend. You will probably go through all of the same stages of struggle as I did for things that may be important to you that you may not need anymore.
But choosing less helps me focus on my health, priorities, and happiness.
I hope it can for you, too.
This post is adapted from a weekday newsletter I wrote in April 2018, Choose Less.