Sometimes we need to let go of objects that hold us in the past. Today, I let go of four chairs.
In 2013, I bought new chairs for my dining room table. I have loved the shape of these chairs for many years and they made me happy each time I saw them in the shop or in a photograph. My old chairs were over 25 years old and held memories, some happy and some sad, of my past home. It was time to let them, and the sad memories, go.
Yet even though I had replaced the old chairs, I held onto them, storing them under the stairs. They gathered dust and cluttered my home for all that time but I couldn't seem to move them on.
Today, I did. I put them out on the nature strip for council cleanup day, knowing they wouldn't last that long. Sure enough, within ten minutes they had been taken to new homes.
I stood at my window, watching two people carry away my chairs. As they disappeared from sight, I felt lighter as the emotional burden they had held was removed.
Sometimes, we just need to let go.