July 06, 2008
There is so much hype about detoxification these days and most of it deals with what we should or should not put in or on our bodies. I believe there is another aspect of detoxification that deals with our mind and emotions. I have dealt with a lot of "stuff", if you can call it that, during my years with cancer. I was hoping that I would not have to worry about that "stuff" any more. But I don't think that is the case. Detoxification is an ongoing process that needs to take place regularly. I know that I am a very strong willed person and have been called stubborn on occasion, but, nevertheless, I tend to keep things inside to keep the peace. I don't always lay things out on the table. This can be a good thing; but it can also be very harmful, especially if we turn things inward. We can start to blame ourselves and wonder what we could or should have done differently.
Also, we fill our minds with so much "stuff". We need to do a regular housecleaning to see if what we are hanging on to is really important. I remember reading a book once entitled, "Don't Sweat the Small Stuff". It's true, so much of the stuff we worry about is pointless. It's not worth it in terms of our health and well being. If you can change something, then do it. If it's really not that important, then accept it. If forgiveness is needed, then give it; or apologize if you need to. Get rid of the worry and stress. Also, try decluttering your minds of useless stuff by writing things down and keeping it close by. Don't try to remember everything, only to feel guilty because you forgot. And finally, for the perfectionist out there, me, if someone else offers to do something for you, let them do it. Don't try to do everything yourself, just because you can.
Get out and enjoy your life. It is yours to enjoy and I believe that's what God wants us to do. Don't worry about the past or even the future. There's nothing wrong with making plans or looking back; but fretting or stewing about what may happen because of it is wasting precious time and energy. Use that time and energy to go for a walk or visit a neighbour. Read a good book or take an exercise class. Try something new. Whatever you decide to do, relax and enjoy it. Your mind and body will be glad you did.