Wisdom in Your Fridge — 12 Comments

  1. Lesa,
    I LOVE metaphors and this is a great one. I find that in my work as a Life Coach, leading my clients through metaphorical visualizations using the issues they are having the most difficulty with, makes for instant transformations in our work together. I will forever remember your “old food in your refrigerator” metaphor whenever something in my life starts to stink!

  2. Lovely metaphor, Lesa! I clean up my fridge pretty regularly 😉 but I know I have a notebook full of things: ideas, half-ideas and the like. I definitely need to go through it and rip some pages off so that it’s all nice and clean. I bet some of those ideas can be tossed out without regrets. Thanks for the reminder!

  3. I absolutely love your metaphor of cleaning out the fridge with decluttering your ideas, habits and what you spend your time on. Very useful because we aren’t always aware of the way that old habits can hamper our thinking and limit potential. “Fresh” ideas bring about growth. We do hold on to projects that we will get to “someday”, but you’re right, it may be better to let them go and make room for something else.

  4. This post is right on target for me! I’m doing lots of spring cleaning around my office at the moment yet still have a few fat files that could use thinning. I love the refrigerator metaphor because it reminds me that I am more “ruthless” when I clean out old food than when I’m working in my office. In the latter case, I tend to hold onto the stuff in my files “in case I need it for someday.” Funny how I’d never think of holding on to rotten or spoiled fridge items “in case”… Very helpful, Lesa.

  5. OH. MY. GOD. This is BRILLIANT, Lesa!!! And it couldn’t have come at a better time for me. I’m in the process of buying/moving into a new home. It was challenging enough to figure out what to keep, donate or discard from our old HOUSE, but expanding the metaphor to my LIFE makes it that much more important. I’m going to print this article out and revisit it FREQUENTLY. In fact, I think I’ll even post it on my fridge! 😉

  6. It’s so important to remember how great it feels to clean and clear out the old. I personally love moving the energy of my life in this way. Reading through your post helped me to remember all the things that may be getting “moldy” or old here and there. Projects weighing on my mind that are just taking up space and also taking away my energy. Thanks Lesa!

    • Unfinished projects, especially from hobbies, are one of the worst energy drainers. When I quit quilting after 5 years, I had a huge pile of unfinished projects (there were over 20). I chose to keep only the ones that I could finish before I sold my quilting machine; everything else found a new home. It was amazing how much lighter I felt after the unfinished project list shrank down to nothing. You don’t have to give up a hobby to have the same feeling for yourself: all you have to do is periodically do through your projects and get rid of anything you aren’t likely to finish.

  7. I Love this metaphor! Everyone can get a nice visual of moldy cheese and wilted veggies crowding up the fridge, and who wants that? Forget chocolate. Life is like an overcrowded fridge, you never know what’s good until you clean it out and take a look!

  8. Hi Lesa,

    Your analogy here dovetails with one of my ideas about life. I think you should keep your life as simple as possible, and moving on from whatever is cluttering up your life helps simplify. If your life is simple, you have little chance to make big mistakes, because it’s easy to do a few things well. Thanks for sharing.

    Lou Barba

  9. I’m reading this and instantly thinking of some moldy leftovers in my life as well as some fruits/veggies that I had good intentions for. What a great analogy! Thank you for reminding me that it’s time to throw some stuff out.

  10. Hi Lesa,
    Great work. I especially enjoyed the part stating, “Give yourself full permission to toss out the rest.” So many of us haven’t practiced giving ourselves permission let go of that which no longer serves us. What a burden to carry around too many “groceries!”

    Looking forward to reading more of your writing.

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