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My burden is light: Decluttering for dummies

The holiday season is upon us once again. Schools are now closed. Looking around this city you’d be forgiven for thinking that this town is coming like a ghost town. Notice how quiet it is as most people have gone away on their holidays. In their place is a whole new lot of tourists together with European and Asian language exchange students. The Spanish, French and Italians make up the bulk of European kids and most Asian kids come from China and Saudi Arabia

Taking it easy

Whenever Woolie and the clan go on holiday as a family, there is always the great debate about how much stuff to pack. Woolie likes to go with something for every eventuality. They have such a small luggage allowance. Taking just what you need, so that your time off is not cluttered by possessions or decisions about what to wear is an important lesson in living daily with all we need.

Do you look at your emails inbox daily whilst on holiday? What about twirra? Na Skype je? Being held hostage to the clutter of life is bad for our relationships. It is all too easy to be keeping in touch by email with everyone around the globe, 24/7 and at first it seems like such fun to be constantly available. But to be free of such distractions, even just for a short while, refocuses our lives on what is really important. Twitter and Facebook must be shown the door if you are to enjoy your break.

Clutter is anything that takes up our time, moves our focus away from what is really important. A recent survey in the news indicated that the average adult in the UK now spends more time each day looking at laptop, mobile or tablet devices than sleeping. But resting in is vital if we are going to be aware of everything that goes on around us. Baggage can literally weigh us down and hold us back from listening to our families and friends or sharing our lives with them.

There is a great danger that the baggage of modern life will fill up our every waking moment, becoming even more falsely important and ambushing us at every turn. We need to travel light.

Like the good book says : ‘Come to me, all you that are weary and are carrying heavy burdens, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me; for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.’

4 Comments

  1. I like the scripture you quoted Woolie. I find myself need to remember to cast my burdens on God on a regular basis. I too am concentrating on giving up distractions in my life. It is hard work as I like to stay connected but am not on FB, never have been and I seldom post on Twitter. i usually keep in touch with folks from far by email but a lot of people don’t check their email too often if they are on FB, lol. Enjoy your holiday with your loved ones.

  2. Distractions. That was the word I really wanted, Joyful. Being able to take a break, to rest, is one of God’s wonderful blessings for us. It can be a difficult balancing act with the need to be in touch with friends and family but to get away from all distractions even for a short while often gives us a renewed commitment and energy to do better in our own situations at work, with family and friends. This time, I’m leaving my devices at home.

    Best wishes to you and your family at home and abroad 🙂

  3. Never been disconnected from the internet for a significant period of time, and when I am, I usually feel disoriented. I will have to try it sometime. So many distractions, true

  4. That disorientation, Savvy, is the smell of the sea, the smell before it rains and the smell of a good log fire burning as we sit and tell stories late into the night. It is the reality which we have traded for our busy, distracted and connected lifestyles

    Now do you happen to have a charger for this ancient Nokia of mine? 🙂

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