Is there an extra person living in your home or hanging out in your office who keeps you from uncluttering? His name is Justin Case, and he sure does seem to get around:
“I should hold onto this, Justin Case.”
“One day I might need this, Justin Case.”
Caring for a person takes time, energy, resources, and space — and Justin Case is no different. Taking care of Justin Case means that you’re exerting your efforts on him and not spending time, energy, resources, and space on people and experiences that actually matter to you in the present.
People allow Justin Case into their lives when they fear the unexpected. There is a false sense of security that Justin Case will prepare one for whatever the future holds.
But, as Helen Keller so aptly explained, “Security is mostly a superstition. It does not exist in nature, nor do the children of men as a whole experience it. Avoiding danger is no safer in the long run than outright exposure. Life is either a daring adventure, or nothing.”
Now is the time to evict Justin Case from your home or office. Trust that you will be able to handle life’s unexpected bumps without all of the effort, space, and stuff that Justin Case requires you to maintain. Adios, Justin!
(Note: Evicting Justin Case does not give you license to stop taking responsibility for the things that do matter to you. Health insurance, food in the refrigerator, and spending less than you earn are examples of being responsible for the things you want in your life.)