A few weeks ago, I brought some boxes home from my storage unit where I put all my belongings after I had a stroke in 2011, and I can’t believe the stuff that I have! I forgot about how nice a lot of it is. But I have also been working on simplifying my life since my life-altering experience, so where does all that stuff fit in? How do I reconcile my need for simplicity in my life with my desire to reclaim a part of me that I had forgotten about? Have you ever been in a similar situation, where you have gone through a major change in your life that has completely turned your world upside down, and you aren’t sure which way to turn?
For me, seeing all of that stuff made me feel like I was getting well, if that makes sense. I have been having feelings of wanting to be back on my own, since I have lived with my mom since my stroke. I have been dreaming of having a home of my own again (a small one, mind you, that would suit my simple lifestyle!) and reclaiming my independence. Seeing all this stuff and feeling about it the way I do, I think, has actually become just another indicator that I am getting well and that I will fully recover, so that I can realize my dream.
We always hear and read that we need to move forward in our lives, to put the past behind us, to let go, to surrender. I too, have been in that mindset. In fact, I have been trying to surrender for the past five years, trying to let go of the way I used to be pre-stroke. I didn’t have the stroke for nothing, you know! Spirit decided that it was time to “bonk me on the head” to get me to stop moving in the direction I was going.
And you know how hard it can be letting go of something that has been a part of you for so long. Well, I have finally come to that place of surrender, I think, and that has brought me to a new place, the place in which life is much simpler. So, now what do I do with all those belongings from my past? Do I keep them or do I discard them because they are of the past?
I feel that I need to embrace them for what they represented in my life in my past, and what they represent in my life now. We can’t just forget our past. It is what made us who we are today. We need to use our past as a springboard to make our present and future as fulfilling as we can make them, so that we can realize our dreams. Like I said, seeing all my belongings from my past has become a catalyst for my full healing, and that is a wonderful feeling for what it brings to my life now and in the future. I wish the same for you, that you claim your life, past, present and future!
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ERICA TUCCI had a full life as a corporate manager of a Fortune 500 company, a healing arts business owner and an author. It all came to a screeching halt in June 2011 when she had a stroke. During her recovery, she gained much wisdom about what’s really important in life. Although she was a Reiki master, massage therapist and life coach as well as a corporate cog for many years, she realized that her passion was her books. Her hope now is that the messages of her books will be an inspiration for others, young and old. Visit her websites at www.ericatucci.com, www.sarahsgiftseries.com and www.radiantsurvivor.com.