When a young adult, I remember asking my father for advice, hoping to receive some life changing nugget of wisdom.
I was told, “Never throw anything away that you think you might need.”
My mother, on the other hand succinctly replied, “When in doubt, pitch it.”
Both my parents were born during the depression. My mother in the city and my father in rural America. Their birth families knew want and they learned to salvage material goods many times over. My mother witnessed the strangle-hold things could have on people when people served things instead of things serving people. My father intuitively understood the value of a “junk pile” as a resource for invention (required by ranch life on a daily basis).
What on earth does the discussion of keeping things versus getting rid of things have to do with women?
Well, quite a bit actually.
Women intuitively understand seasons of holding and seasons of letting go because monthly, their bodies cycle through keeping and releasing. We may not think of the whole process in that light, after all who wants to get philosophical about that monthly visit from Aunt Flo?
Let us consider the wonderful process of creation.
First, an idea is formed. Maybe to meet a need or maybe in response to some inspiration. The idea is fostered until one moment reveals its manifestation. The manifestation is used until it wears out or is no longer needed and then is either recycled or thrown away.
Women spend three weeks preparing for the most wondrous creation and then release that potential. An idea is presented which in the very real physical sense in the possibility of a new human being. Metaphorically, women also incubate ideas of all kinds.
And then we clean up the old. We cast out the past and embrace the new. We clean house and release preparing for the new. Perhaps that is why so many women follow trends in fashion, diets, etc. It’s out with the old ad in with the new.
Our bodies recycle quite a bit of structures. but when it comes to our creative side, we don’t recycle. We release.
How can you release today?