Purging is Good for the Soul

As many of you know, I’m getting my house in order for a move. I’m eliminating everything that is unnecessary, that hasn’t been looked at, or used, or worn, in years. This has been quite a process and has taken several months. I shredded old income tax reports, old check books, school papers, office files, photographs, old manuscripts…you name it and it has been tossed. My son visited with a U-Haul truck and carted off furniture that he can use. My trips to a local charity with clothing and household items, about a month ago, had numbered to five. I thought I was done. That apparently was round one. This week begins round two.

As I partially re-read documents and articles on writing I realized this was indeed a purging. Purging is good for the soul. The dictionary says:

  1. To cleanse or rid of impurities, guilt, sin, or ceremonial defilement.
  2. To empty (the bowels.)
  3. To become clean, clear, pure.

While number two (no pun intended) is good for the body, cleansing of unneeded items is freeing, and therefore good for the soul. With every task completed I feel a little more weight lifted from my shoulders. All of the sitting, shredding, and snacking to get the chores completed has, however, done nothing but damage to my waistline.

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During this fervor of activity my writing has moved to the back burners. I don’t think I’ve written anything but blogs and FB posts in two months. While part of me gets despondent about this the rest of me knows there are only so many hours in a day, and my priority at this time is to clear the clutter and move. However, re-reading some of the old workshop notes must have gotten my brain working again, as last night I dreamed a convoluted dream about writing. Yesterday, I’d found a wonderful notebook where I’d recorded tips from author Tristine Rainer (Your Life as Story) who teaches writing the memoir, Lani Diane Rich (romance author who gives a wonderful revisions class) and Jennifer Crusie (romance author and amazing teacher who has taught me so much.) These three women helped me in my early writing journey. Yesterday, I flipped through and found some real gems in the notebook, and tonight I’m going to read it in its entirety. I think this book will get me back on track. What a treasure!

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Has anything like that happened to you? Have you discovered a long forgotten item that proves beneficial to your life now? Have you ever de-cluttered your house, your life, your mind? Enquiring minds need to know. Tell all.

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4 Responses to Purging is Good for the Soul

  1. Marge says:

    Purging is so very liberating. I have found, that after getting rid of so many things you didn’t really need, you think twice about buying things you don’t really need. It us amazing all the items we collect that we don’t really need. Down sizing makes you think about what you really need. Do we really need or use 3 cheese platters, silver trays we haven’t used in years and how many wine glasses does one really need.

  2. robena grant says:

    Exactly, Marge. I’m packing boxes to take up to my sons place in Vegas (may stay there for a few months) and also packing other boxes with things for my permanent home. I thought how ridiculous it is that I have enough stuff for two homes. 🙂

  3. you’re making me feel guilty. I know I need to purge!

    Still haven’t let go of my grown kids’ kindergarten papers. ha ha. Uh, yeah.

  4. robena grant says:

    It’s crazy isn’t it, Lynne? I decided to do a deep purging. I figured I’m getting older and why leave all of this work for my kids to go through when I kick the bucket. Amazing though the things my kids wanted to keep. That’s now their problem. 😉