January 2
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January 2

How is your New Year treating you? Mine is awesome I have to tell you! Already this year I have learned several new things and have had my boundaries tested. What do I mean by that? I'll tell you. I was running down the page just browsing Facebook when I came across a little sign (everyone has signs) but this one made me stop and think. You would imagine that many of the little signs would make me think and you would be right but not all of them make me take real stock in my own personal boundaries.
The sign said "Today is your day to let go of things that no longer serve you." A woman by the name of Katrina Mayer said it. When I get done writing this I'll go and find out who she is. But right now I'm thinking of the money that I spend renting a garage in my apartment building for my stuff, not my car. How much of that stuff is 'serving' me or will ever 'serve' me again?
Over the past 7 months I have been steadily selling off the remnants of the Way that were still taking up space in my closet, on my book shelves and yes in my garage. First I sold all of my notes from the classes that I took while in the Corps. Then I moved on to copies of the classes both in audio and written form that I had (yet I am still finding more) then I moved on to other things like syllabi and copies of the University of Life stuff that I had and I am getting close to coming to an end of it all. It's been a huge purging for me and I feel lighter because it's gone, and oddly because I didnt think that this would happen, I dont miss any of it.
Now I'm thinking of all the other stuff in my garage. I have stuff that literally would fill a house with decorations and furniture and I have everything for caring for a yard and two, count them two huge book shelving units made of oak and the books to fill them. Once upon a time I wanted a library in my house and now... well I think I am over it. Now I think I want a Nook or a Kindle. Odd isnt it? A writer that wants to get rid of most of her books, not all mind you. There are some books that I will not part with simply because they mean too much to me. But who knows when that feeling will stop serving me? Then I suppose I will get rid of them too.
It's a new year and it's time for me to take stock and get rid of what no longer serves me and fill my life with things that do serve me and I dont mean a butler. Some things serve the purpose of making ones life easier, like a refigerator or a chair. Other things make them funner like the television or a football and some things simply serve you by being there, like pictures. But sometimes those things that once served you are no longer applicable and need to be removed from your life because if they're not serving you then they are holding you back. Perhaps they can serve someone else.
This is what I learned by reading that simple sign post on Facebook. I want to move forward and I feel that a lot of my stuff is holding me back by keeping my mind in the past, like the Way stuff was doing. As long as I had it I was reminded everytime that I saw it of something from that time. Not all of the things from that time were good for me and it was easy to remain a victim. But now I feel that I can truly move on away from those times and those events and heal, and no longer be a victim or even reminded of a time when I was one.
Wow, and it's just now the second day of a new year... so how's your new year shaping up?
Be good to each other.

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Hmmm... not sure if I would classify myself as an expert, however I appreciate the implied compliment. I would love to hear your views on some of my topics. Feel free to pop up with a comment on my latest run of "is this real?" blogs. Help me start a discussion that is not just on Facebook.
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