Moving on to Chapter 2!
I invited you to join me on the journey of decluttering back in July! July! It’s now September! Really?!?! I am not giving up. I’ve seen improvement, and for that, I am thankful. Life happens…trips, kids, school, moving kids to school. Holy cow! I must be super old. I have two kids in college now. It’s all good.
First, an update on my health since so many of you have asked. I’m doing great and feeling great. Back in March when I first went to MD Anderson, the doctor gave me a few options on how to deal with this tumor on my right kidney, all from as drastic as removing the entire kidney to simply keeping an eye on it. At that time, I chose to just keep an eye on it. The only risk with that is spontaneous bleeding which can’t be prevented, so I was told to continue doing whatever I wanted to do, but that I needed to not ever be too far from civilization where an ER could easily be located just in case. It was also highly suggested not to travel outside of the country, much less to a third-world country where medical care may not be as accessible. Well, the idea of not being able to go on a last-minute mission trip, hiking in remote areas, etc. was disappointing, so the next least drastic step is to get an embolization. In August, my follow-up took place, and the embolization was scheduled. Oh, yeah, and while I was at the follow-up visit, they mentioned that neither the tumor nor the nodules in my lungs had changed. What?!?! Nodules? What nodules?!?! So, now I get to visit another department at MD Anderson. Genetic testing, here I come! Yes, there’s a possibility I may have tuberous sclerosis! What the heck? That appointment is set for September 24. In the mean time…I was supposed to have had the embolization August 31, but on August 30 when I went for pre-op testing, a UTI was detected, so it was cancelled. I am thankful this was found before the procedure, especially after the surgeon explained to me how dangerous this could have been. Once again…God is good! Now I am taking antibiotics and waiting to hear from the Intervention Radiology team to reschedule the procedure. Your prayers are appreciated! This UTI needs to clear up before surgery.
Now back to our regularly scheduled program…Chapter 2!
As I stated in previous posts, the art of tidying up according to Marie Kondo must include discarding!!! If we continue to organize the clutter we have, it will quickly be unorganized again, and the cycle will continue. Somewhere in chapter 2, I remember reading that the decluttering stage could take months! The key is to have a plan, a goal, a “why” we are doing what we are doing. My plan is to work on decluttering every Friday while my kids are at Super Friday. We’ll see how that goes since that is also my only time to visit with other mommies. My goal is to have significantly less things that are of no use to me or my family, things that only clutter, not just our space but our minds. My “why” or my reason is that if I have less stuff, my house will stay picked up more and it will take less time to clean which hopefully will mean that I will have more time to spend with family and friends. Something that really resonated with me from chapter 2 was this, “…focusing solely on throwing things away can only bring unhappiness. Why? Because we should be choosing what we want to keep, not what we want to get rid of.” Kondo goes on stating, “I had been so focused on what to discard, on attacking the unwanted obstacles around me, that I had forgotten to cherish the things that I loved the things I wanted to keep.”
What about you? What is your plan, your goal, and your “why”?