"Minds, like bodies, will often fall into a pimpled, ill-conditioned state from mere excess of comfort." Charles Dickens
Lately I have been hearing a recurrent theme from many friends and clients. They are downsizing and decluttering. In a society that has been all about "more, bigger, faster, shinier", it is refreshing to hear that some people are wanting to simplify and make space for other things in their lives. Things like being more present with themselves and others.
The extremes are everywhere we look. Supersized meals and drinks to overpriced anti-aging products to take away every wrinkle on your face. Sixty plus hour work weeks to extreme diets and work out regimens. What happened to moderation and balance? Television and news programs are the worst to clutter our minds and instill fear in us. It seems if the program doesn't have violence or sex or something over the top in it, we don't want to watch it. I miss the days of The Brady Bunch and Happy Days.There are a few funny, family oriented shows out there today, but they are overshadowed by the reality programs and TMZ gossip type shows.
Most of us have gotten caught up in all the excess, and just like changing your health for the better takes baby steps, so does eliminating all the excess. Not giving into obsession in either direction is a challenge in today's world, but it can be done.I think it is a life-long journey but one that is necessary. Everytime you ask yourself if you are balanced gives you the opportunity to pause and reflect. It allows you to be more conscious of the choices you are making instead of following the herd of sheep off the cliff.
What's one small thing you can do today to eliminate excess in your life?