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The stories we hold onto


A number of years ago I inherited some silverware. I was told that this silver was passed down from generation to generation and it was worth a lot of money. In all honesty, I had no emotional connection to any of it. I didn't remember using it or seeing it growing up. But I held onto it because frankly, I was holding onto the idea that it was worth a lot of money and that could be useful in the future.


Over the years I've wrestled with letting it go or selling the silver. I decided to go through it this weekend and pulled out any pieces that I thought was beautiful and would want to keep. I then took the rest to an antique dealer and long story short found out that all of the pieces I brought in (and it was close to 30) wasn't worth more than a few dollars. This wasn't as much of a disappointment as it was a wake up call. I was holding onto something based on a story that wasn't completely true.


Part of the decluttering process involves not just decluttering stuff but questioning the stories we are told and what we believe about that stuff. And it's not just clutter - this can just be applied to so many other things.


What are you holding onto because of the story that you were told about it?

What stories are you holding onto about yourself?

What stories are you holding onto about your family?

What stories are you holding onto that are keeping you from stepping into your most authentic self?



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