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  • Lisa Bushman

Expanding yourself

I learned a lot this weekend from a seemingly menial chore. This was the first weekend that I've had in a long time, where I didn't have any plans that dictated my time. I was able to spend time at my condo, catching up on tasks that I'd put off over the last few months.

Since I had the time, I decided to clear out my clothes closet, and donate some of the clothes that I haven't worn. As I went through my closet, I found many things that I haven't touched in the past few years... some of which I should have gotten rid of, many years ago. As I began sorting out all of the clothes, I created a pile outside the closet, of everything that I was going to move on. I was amazed at how many items there were.... old t-shirts, sweaters, pants, etc. I even found a sweat shirt that I had won in a volleyball tournament, that was at least 25 years old. What's up with that? Why had I kept something that long? It was a dingy white and the elastic in the crew neck had seen its better days. To be honest, it looked like it was at least 50 years old.

As I looked at the pile, I realized that those clothes laying there represented a different time in my life, and I was no longer that person. It wasn't about just a change in fashion. Those clothes no longer represent who I am. That's the cool thing about personal growth. As who you are expands and moves forward, you are able to see the growth in yourself. Your vision of yourself slowly changes over time, and your life needs to change with it.

So what do you have, in your life, that you need to let go?

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