Pardon the metaphor, but this is like tending to a garden. Since I am to create an environment in which I flourish, I will have to spend time culling out the “weeds”. Is there anything I am clutching on to that isn’t good for me? In fact, clutching in general is not healthy for my 2017 environment. Robert Taylor’s article suggests that when we stop clutching or holding on to regrets, we actually live longer.
I do experience clutching from time to time. I find it hard to let go of things much like a hoarder does. There is a fear of letting go of something or someone and then finding that the decision was a mistake. Maybe my fear is making a mistake. Or maybe I am just taking much of life far too serious. To flourish in 2017 I will have a second word to work on this year: Clutching. Without knowing it, I started on Flourishing last year when I read Marie Kondo’s book The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing. It is a similar activity. Letting go of the things and eventually even people that do not bring you joy. Time to re-read the book and go through my closets one more time.