Thoughts 10: Letting Go of Mental Hoarding
Letting go of mental hoarding is essential in living a free life. Show’s such as A&E’s Hoarders and TLC’s Hoarding: Buried Alive continue to shed light on the physical aftermaths of such condition. Many tune in to watch these shows for entertainment purposes, but it is no entertaining matter.
Being exposed to such a condition firsthand, I know the effect and the ability it has to mentality enslave those who live there. The sad thing about it all is it serves as a wall or barricade that prevents one from fully living their current moment. Holding on keeps us trapped, but letting go sets us free. The question is, which life are you looking to live?
I don’t normally watch TV, but during my stay at a hotel, I found myself watching a few episodes of A&E’s Hoarders. After a few episodes, I was able to pinpoint a correlation between the physical and mental that existed. In each episode I watched, the hoarders were all dealing with a loss that they were unable to live through. In one way or another, they were all collecting and holding onto things as a result of their life’s circumstances. Whether it be a loss of a loved one or possession, their inability to cope with their situation prevented them from letting go. And their inability to let go prevented them from truly living the present.
Letting Go of the Past to Live the Present
The hoarders on the shows held on to the past. And what was discovered when the doctors and junk removers arrived at the residents wasn’t always the prettiest of sites. At times, homes were filled with a lot of pets both unclean and uncared for. Most importantly, the relationships between their spouses and kids deteriorated.
The saddest part is that everything that was seen in their homes was no different from what was going in inside of them. What was in the home was only a representation of what couldn’t be seen from a human eye. In other words, what was seen in the houses mimicked what many weren’t able to see in their minds.
Just like physical hoarding, mental hoarding prevents us from experiencing an unfortunate situation. But it also prevents us from experiencing the present or what’s to come fully. The more we hold on to the things we have no control over, the more we lose control over the things we can. Life isn’t always fair, but focusing on the things we can control is key. So why consume yourself over the uncontrollable only to lose the things we can in the process.
Set Yourself Free by Letting Go
The truth of life is, we are all going through it. We are all battling life whether we know it or not. The only thing that separates one person to the next is how we deal with our circumstances. No matter what we may be going through, we still have the responsibility to live the life we were given. Not only must we live this life we were given, but choosing to live a life of quality is important.
We not only owe it to ourselves, but we also owe it to our creator. We will all eventually experience something horrific in our lifetime. There’s no way around it. Choosing to maximize our lifetime on this planet is what makes the difference. By letting go of the past we gain control of our present. At the end of the day, what good is the present if we fail to live there.