Surely you know what I'm talking about...gunk...that unwanted sticky or greasy residue or accumulation of stuff. Commonly used to refer to gunk on your oil filter - apparently this descriptive word was even trademarked in 1932 to represent a degreasing solvent. The gunk I'm referring to is the accumulation of stuff in your life that may be literally weighing you down, in your way and, ultimately preventing you from functioning at your fullest potential. It's the greasy residue that slows down your life engine and makes you a prisoner to the weight of stuff and feelings that aren't serving you. Are you surrounded by gunk in your personal environment? Are you haunted by past relationships that seem to linger like stale food in the fridge? Are you hanging onto past grudges and toxic beliefs that simply aren't serving your current life? Are you filled with emotions that you need to express, but feel like you should somehow hold them inside and not share them with anyone? Have you asked yourself how you would feel if you just let all this stuff go?
JUST LIKE UNWANTED POUNDS ON OUR BODY, SOMETIMES WE HOLD OURSELVES DOWN AND CREATE VIRTUAL WEIGHT WITH THIS UNWANTED GUNK AROUND US.
I know it's the holidays and the time that we're actually engaged in accumulating more stuff, but why not take a few moments to look around you and think about where you can let go of unwanted 'weight?' You'll be surprised at how much lighter and better you'll feel.
MY SUGGESTION IS START SMALL WITH YOUR DE-GUNKING PROCESS.
Maybe start with a small pile of papers, books, magazines, flyers, etc. that's been sitting in your living room or bedroom for more than two months. Is your office desk full of papers reflecting past deals and relationships that aren't serving your current agenda? Do you have furniture or clothes that would be more useful if it existed in someone else's home? Remember when you unload unnecessary and unused items, you're making room in your life for new things that will serve you more completely in your current life. And the same goes with past relationships and toxic beliefs that aren't a necessary part of your life today - particularly important around the holidays! Sure it's fun to scope out old friends and people from past relationships on Facebook and Twitter and to Google those people who once played an important role in your life to see what they're up to and how they're making their way in the world. But making this activity an obsessive habit means you're taking time from your life's purpose to devote to activities that aren't furthering your passions, your career, and the people who need and love you most. Letting go of the past means making room for the present and future. I can't think of a better time than now to prepare for the new season. I'm off to de-gunk my office desk!