Getting rid of the old, making room for the new

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By Corby Carlin Winters, Winters Media & Publishing Marketing & Public Relations

Are you tired of the same old, same old?  Are you tired of all the “stuff” in your life?

For those of you who know me well, you know I usually think that “more is better” and “stuff” is good. Yet I am learning that “stuff” just needs to go.

This is a new year, a new decade of “20s.” I can’t imagine a better time to say “out with the old and in with the new.” But that does not necessarily mean bringing in new “stuff.” I’m talking about getting rid of the old and embracing the new – the new things that God has planned for you. Let go of the old stuff in your life holding you back from your potential, and focus on the new that can help you move toward your goals.

To succeed, we must be willing to just let go and “let God.”

A few years back, my parents died within a few months of each other. And we inherited a lot of stuff and becoming the “proud” owners of far too many storage sheds.

So, between my parents’ stuff and our stuff and moving back and forth across the country, we had a lot of sheds for all the stuff.  I spent a lot of time sorting feelings, sorting memories and most of all sorting stuff; especially my mom’s stuff. She loved stuff.

But it needed to be done. And I can finally say we no longer have any storage sheds.  Letting go is a good thing.
Now a word of caution as you sort through the “stuff.” It is impossible to not sort through memories as well. And you will have to deal with those memories and that stuff. Because otherwise, it will just end up cluttering and complicating our lives.

So here is the bottom line.  We all have “Stuff.”  Your stuff may literally be stuff, but maybe not. Your stuff might be overeating, overspending, over drinking or (you can fill in the blank).  We all have stuff to work through.

But today is the day to start dealing with the “stuff.” Get busy living. Let go of the past and the stuff holding you back. Get rid of the clutter, the junk, the past pains or whatever is bringing you down. Ask God for help. Ask a dear friend.

That stuff could also be more personal: a dead-end job, a horrible relationship, depression, sickness or unemployment.

You need to ask yourself “what can I do today that will change my life tomorrow forever?

Whatever you are doing to an extreme has got to come to a screeching halt.  And dear friend, this day or year is as good as any to start afresh and anew. Today is truly the first day of the rest of your life. You have nothing to lose and everything to gain.

Today is the day to make a new choice. Do something different either personally or professionally.  You can alter the course of your life and your future forever.

So let me be the first to say “you can do it.”

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