(excerpt from my upcoming book, Simple Enough: Create Space for What Matters.)
Can clearing clutter change the world? Maybe.
You’ve probably noticed simplicity is a hot topic that appears to be reaching a tipping point. Here are a couple reasons why.
We are drowning in clutter and information overload. People are overwhelmed, exhausted, and unhappy. Some are depressed, others anxious.
Life is not simple.
While more connected than ever with what’s happening around the world, we are possibly less connected than ever to our neighbors.
If you’re not overly busy, you might think something is wrong with you because…how can you possibly have a full life without a full calendar?
I’ve spent years as an over-achiever trying to unhook myself from this belief.
And what about our children? They are labeled hyperactive, when perhaps they are just reacting to an over-busy world, over-stimulated by all the choices and activities, not to mention sugar and processed foods.
I saw a 2-year old playing on a tablet at a restaurant the other day and wanted to cry. I see young people staring at their phones instead of the sky and cringe.
Then I do the exact same thing and cringe even more.
I know it sounds harsh, but this is part of the reality of our world, and it’s a big part of the reason I’m so passionate about helping you simplify your life. I really don’t care how organized you are. But if I can help you create a more spacious and meaningful life, we just might bring a bit more balance to an out-of-balance world.
Like many, I’ve faced cycles of depression and overwhelm from not knowing what to do about the state of the world. I’ve spent years trying to find something to care about after I’d burnt out from trying to change things from a place of overwhelm & obligation.
While my heart was breaking over some of the things happening in the world, it was simultaneously breaking open as I peeled away the layers of clutter and busyness and found a new kind of contribution that springs from overflow & inspiration.
Which brought me to another reality.
The one where we are called to quell the tide of craziness by saying NO to the excess and YES to a more sane way of living with less clutter & busyness, more space & meaning.
You’re here, so you are likely making a choice to slow down enough to get in touch with what you love and what might be missing from your over-full life.
This is what will change the world.
Clearing physical clutter might simplify your life, at least until it comes back again. The world changing will happen when enough of us clear our lives of the less essential so we can attend to the more.
More meaning. More connection. More contribution.
These are waiting beneath your clutter. You just need the right questions, and a bit of spacious thinking, to find them.