June is officially the beginning of summer when the days are warmer, longer and brighter. You may be finding that the pace of your professional life is starting to slow down if you are fortunate enough to be taking a summer vacation or working for a business that has shortened hours. On the other hand, the pace of your personal life is speeding up as you spend more time outside, participate in more sports or cultural activities and take on more family, friend and volunteer commitments. It is also the perfect month to do some pruning in your life.
As you replace your thick and heavy winter clothing and footwear with thin and light summer clothing and footwear and you shift your mindset from focusing on weighty winter worries to simple summer sensations, you are in the process of pruning. Before you put away your winter wardrobe, prune it by looking at every single item, try it on for it, figure out how many times you wore it this past winter and then decide whether it will still work for you when winter rolls around again. If you never wore it this winter or no longer think it will work for you next winter, then donate it or throw it out now. Be comfortable with having less clothing and footwear and avoid the temptation of going out and acquiring more. Be positive about your pruning!
Once you have completed pruning your winter wardrobe, maintain the momentum and decide what else you can prune from the space that you call home. Are you hanging on to things that you no longer want or need but you bought on impulse and feel that maybe someday you will find a use for them? Are you keeping things for sentimental value because you wish you were living that part of your life again or that you wish that you could go back and change it? Prune the things that make you feel bad and remind you of bad times, people and memories and keep only the things that make you feel good and remind you of good times, people and memories. While you may be eager to fill in the empty space with new things, think about whether or not you need them. You may grow increasingly content with the spaciousness that you now have as a result. Be proud of your pruning!
When you have completed pruning your external space, that is the physical space that you call home, schedule a few hours of quiet, uninterrupted time and do some pruning of your inner space. What are the negative feelings and emotions that are creating clutter and confusion in your inner space? What problems, challenges or situations must you either resolve or, if they cannot be resolved, must you let go of because they are causing you more harm than good? What bad habits can you prune so you can replace them with good habits this summer? Allow yourself to empty your mind of everything that is no longer working for you or that is long past its expiry date. Be patient with your pruning!
Finally, do some pruning of the people in your life. Look closely at them be they family, friends and acquaintances as who surrounds you reflects who you are and where you are in your life. If they are positive individuals who are supporting and encouraging you then choose to not only keep them in your life but to strengthen your connections with them by reaching out often and showing kindness, generosity and thoughtfulness to them. As the saying goes, people are in your life for a reason, a season or a lifetime. It’s time to prune the people who are in your life for a reason or a season if the reason has disappeared and the season has passed and any negative people who disparage, discourage and disappoint you. Be progressive with your pruning!
It’s the start of June, the perfect month to prune your life!