My mother used to ask these thought-provoking questions when people in the family had birthdays. It was a looking over the past year and looking forward to the next exercise...like some people may do at New Year's.
After watching an older neighbor of ours move out of her childhood home on my birthday, I have renewed my vow (or birthday resolution if you will) to declutter my life. I would like to cut down on the physical/material clutter first then maybe tackle that mental clutter, but my guess is the two are linked.
Here is a picture of my guys with part of the neighborhood gang watching in awe as things were shoveled out of the attic window of our neighbor's house onto the roof then swept into one of trucks waiting to haul it away.