“Until we have begun to go without them, we fail to realize how unnecessary many things are. We’ve been using them not because we needed them but because we had them.” ~Seneca
Thinking you’ll clean out the drawer of utensils, you panic at the thought of giving up that egg separator. You’ve never used it, but who knows when you might decide you need it? Or maybe you choose to clean out the toolbox. Six Phillips and eight flatheads, several the same size, might be a bit too many, don’t you think? Removing the duplicates is a frightening proposition. After all, who’s to say that you won’t lose a screwdriver and be glad you already have the replacement? Going through the coat closet with more winter coats than you can wear in a season, the conversation will be much the same. What if you need something? A better question is, what if you don’t?
A couple of years ago, I emptied my closet of all but two pairs of pants and three shirts. For one month, I wore this limited wardrobe. At the end of the month, I knew I had discovered a way of dressing that I enjoyed. (I’ll apologize if I’ve shared this before, but it was so meaningful) Just as when I’ve stayed with relatives for an extended time with only a few of my personal belongings, I discovered the freedom that having less can provide. All these years, I had been wearing them because I had them, not because I really needed them. Think about that with respect to things in your own life.
Permission:per·mis·sionpərˈmiSHənnoun1. consent; authorization.
Permission frees us from the guilt we have felt for not hanging on to the things we’ve acquired.