Literally, it’s just a cabinet where we store clothes, cosmetics or groceries. Figuratively, it’s the space where we keep our ugly past experiences only open to the few that we trust but unknown to everyone else. And everyone has one; some people might even have more than one, who knows?
And as the physical one is usually closed not to keep others out but to keep the things inside confined; so do our other ‘closets’ function; it is to hold our issues in and not store for public exhibition later. I guess it makes sense when we have the word ‘close’ in ‘closet’.
But sometimes there’s the need to open it and clean it up. We find ourselves surprised by some of the things inside; we thought we had already consumed them or gave them out. We find them expired or outdated. We take them out, rearrange the stuff and add new things. But do we clean up our ‘other’ closet or do we just keep on throwing stuff in there? Are we hoarding memories of hurt, betrayal and grudges with no intention of getting rid of them one day?
Everything no matter how much it meant to us one time, gets out-of-date and doesn’t mean that much later in life. A trophy worn in school which held so much sentimental value at one point in our lives would not trigger that much warm thoughts several years later. It only becomes a faint memory. And as difficult as it might be, it becomes necessary to clean up the closet and let some things go. When we keep on adding stuff, it soon gets out of hand and keeping them in order becomes a problem.
The same way cleaning up our closets give our stuff some breathing space and helps keep our lives in order, regularly letting go of recent past events helps to free our heart from harboring negative energy issuing from guilt, hatred or hurt. It might take time to do so but consciously doing so would save our blood pressure a lot of trouble.
Let’s go closet-cleaning, shall we?
Josephine Amoako © 2016