Reverb 10: 11 Things

by Dian Reid-Jancic· Follow Dian on

I like the idea of releasing. Breaths and toxins and baggage and worry and karma all need releasing on a constant basis. They’re things and energy that seem to be a part of everyday life, some of which attach themselves like barnacles to our hulls, whether we like it or not.

We breathe, we eat, we’re human so we’ll have baggage and worry, and karma follows us around wherever we go. I don’t mind releasing these things on a regular basis; it’s part of life. What I do mind releasing on a regular basis are the things I want to keep on the outside of my energy field.

What are 11 things your life doesn’t need in 2011?

How will you go about eliminating them?

How will getting rid of these 11 things change your life?

~ Sam Davidson

11 things. I thought I would veer from this, citing that I don’t like to say never, but as I put this piece together, I realize the necessity of this process: Believing that I have my ways and I will stick to them. Feeling my way around those ways. Talking them out in discovery of which ways I’m bound to in this moment. And the, as if from nowhere, clarity is born.

Kind of.

Need not.

What comes to mind for ix-naying are processed foods, more than 2 glasses of wine in 1 sitting (or standing), and guilt. I realize the challenge is to come up with 11 things, but I don’t want to just put 11 things down that won’t make sense come April or August. I need more than just a few days to think this through, I think. And then I think, I’m over-thinking this…

Elimination query.

Funny thing about eliminating processed foods: it’s a process. A process in which we’ve already begun. The Wildcat and I recently became customers of, where they send local organic fruits & vegetables to us on a lovely little schedule. We start with greens and then take the next step once these vegetables and fruits have been integrated into our way of life. Sure, we could just stop buying processed foods and go organic, cold turkey. Mindful recipes and grocery lists and food choices. Conscious choice and grace and flexibility. Process. In fact, that’s how to approach the whole list. Start with something doable, and then take tiny micromovements towards the end result. Easy-peasy.

The point.

I know that eating healthy, organic foods contributes to a healthy immune system, which contributes to a longer, more active life (usually when combines with some sort of regular exercise). I know that drinking less wine keeps my clarity level high, which allows me to be more focused and productive in ways that make me happy. I have a gut feeling that the absence of guilt is connected to the release of stress. And all of these things help me get up earlier in the morning, and make me want to make the most of my days.

For me, the point of change is conscious thought. Conscious choice in making changes, not just changing because Billy thinks I should, or because I read in some magazine that [this] will help me [lose weight] and I’ve been thinking about [losing weight] or because Mary wants to [run a marathon] so I guess I’ll train with her to keep her company.

F*%^ that. I’m making changes for me. Me and me alone. Not even for The Wildcat, whom I love more than my luggage. Just for me. I deserve that much from my self.

This post is written as Day 11 of Reverb 10, inspired and created by Gwen Bell (Best of ’09) and her rockingly awesome cohorts. Are you reverbing too? I’d love for you to share yourself in the comments below.

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