January 25, 2016


Merriam Webster defines “clutter” as a noun or an intransitive verb. As a noun, it is “a crowded or confused mass or collection.” As a verb, it means “to fill or cover with scattered or disordered things that impede movement or reduce effectiveness.”

Noun or verb, clutter gets in our way.

Clutter on our desks, in our homes, or in our workplaces can slow our progress toward an objective. We need to work around it, step over it or move it before we can get to our real agenda. That kind of clutter can be dealt with easily enough: make time, start sorting, release what’s no longer needed, keep going until the path is clear and you see light.

Clutter in our hearts is not so easily dealt with. It can get complicated. There’s all that history to consider, words to take back, behavior to re-examine, apologies to contemplate or expect.

Because we are hardwired for love and connectedness, however, the Universe’s goals of creativity and evolution keep tugging at us, telling us that in order to receive the abundance we’re entitled to, we must first clear the clutter on the path.

Then clutter can be our friend.

Clutter in our hearts tells us where we weren’t honest enough, or sensitive enough, receptive or generous enough. Maybe we were stubborn, or self-centered. Maybe it’s the same clutter we carried with us from a past relationship or belief that blocks our way to happiness now. We can ignore, work around or step over it, but this kind of clutter will follow us no matter where we go until we release it.

Maybe the process of clearing our heart’s clutter really is the same as any other: make time, start sorting, release what’s no longer needed and keep going until the path is clear.

An open heart is on that path – you’ll see light there, too.


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“The man who removes a mountain begins by carrying away small stones.” – Chinese Proverb