Yesterday I was in High River, AB to assist in the development of their ‘Recovery of Hearts and Minds for Youth and Families Project.’ It was a community of like-minded professionals in education and mental health, working together to brainstorm ideas and to come up with a strategic plan for how to best coordinate mental health services for children, youth and families in High River.
So there I was, someone who wasn’t personally affected by the June flood at all really (meaning my house was fine, my friends’ homes were fine, and my family’s homes were fine), sitting in a round table discussion and the person next to me had her home flooded. Seven months later, she and her family are still trying to pick up the pieces of their former life. I was in awe of her: she was working hard alongside all of us there to try and ensure that new resources/programs/initiatives are being purposefully implemented to best meet the needs of the community. Yet, her own personal losses/struggles/needs are still largely unmet! I can’t tell you the amount of respect I felt for this woman.
Driving home from High River (with no distractions – just my daily ‘thinking time’), I spent some time pondering about this month’s challenge ‘Less is More.’ I came to this conclusion:
Most particularly regarding physical clutter, ‘Less is More’ only applies if you have enough in the first place.
Now, defining ‘enough’ is a relative process (a topic I hope to delve into more during our challenge “Essential Potential”), but we can be sure that the many families who witnessed their homes, belongings, memorabilia, financial savings, retirement plans, etc, etc float away with the flood waters, they are no longer in a position of having enough.
And, when you don’t have enough, Less is simply Less.
So, let’s be real about this month’s challenge: the ability to engage in the physical decluttering process is to be in a place of privilege. Because if we don’t first each acknowledge our own various resources/opportunities/privileges, then we can’t intentionally be grateful for them. So here’s to practicing gratitude!
For more info on hope-inspired projects happening in High River: https://www.facebook.com/HealersForHighRiver