Want to Create More Space in Your Life? Start Here.

Growing up, my Dad always had a massive garden. Even though we lived in a typical suburban neighborhood, each summer, the garden took up half the backyard. But you never heard us complain - fried okra, fresh from the garden? Are you kidding me? Heaven on a plate! Mama would dump them out of the deep fryer onto paper towels to sop up the grease, and my brothers and I would fight over who would sample the that garden goodness first. Then there were green beans, yellow squash, tomatoes, and even a watermelon or two.

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But before we could enjoy those wonderful fresh vegetables, Dad had to clear a plot. And before the beans or the squash ever poked their little green heads up out of the ground, Dad would be down on his hands and knees, pulling weeds. Stubborn, fast-growing, and they spread like wildfire. “You have to stay on top of the weeds,” he’d say, “or they will choke out the good stuff before it ever takes root.”

Creating something life-giving is not for the faint at heart. My Dad has always held the title of hardest working man I know, so it makes sense that he’d find pleasure in doing something as difficult and time consuming as growing and maintaining a garden.

I’ve never grown a garden of my own, but every six months or so, my wife and I spend a weekend morning purging unnecessary excess from our home. Decluttering is time-consuming and just plain annoying. And much like the weeds in my Dad’s garden, it’s one of those tasks you have to stay on top of, otherwise the place gets overgrown with things that don’t matter.

One of the perks of living in a two-bedroom townhouse is that the stuff never really has a chance to pile up. Because we occupy such a tiny living space, we simply cannot store anything we don’t need.

As a life coach, I love helping people create more space. Whether we know it or not, most of us want to create more space in our lives for things that nourish us: hope, grace, joy, and love. People will usually say something like, “I’d like more time,” but what they mean is, “I’d like more time with the good stuff of life.” We want space to do the things we’re passionate about with the people we love.

So how do you make that happen? It all starts with clearing a plot.

A special note from Steve: What about the seasons of life that demand more of us than others? The harsh reality is that certain times in life, no matter how much desire we have to do the things we love, there just isn’t enough time in the day. A friend recently reminded me that in the chaotic seasons of life, when all we can possibly do is trudge through to the next day, we need to give ourselves permission to do just that. One day, we’ll have the time to do the things we love again.

Steve Austin is a life coach, speaker, and author of Self-Care for the Wounded Soul. Steve's goal is to help you create a lifestyle of focused emotional health and clarity. Looking for more ways to create space? Subscribe to Steve Austin's free weekly newsletter by clicking right here.

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