We are born,
Certainly much happens between those three pillars, but why?
Perhaps it's because I'm in the process of culling all things unnecessary from my old house in Coldstream. Boxes of 'meaningfulness'. Lifetime memories packed away. Church bulletins from 1940.
We keep these because? Because they give context to our lives; they give meaning. How long do we keep these things? When is it safe, perhaps even prudent to let them go?
Old, threadbare childhood blankets; empty boxes that once housed brand new gadgets; stuffies now discarded, sitting alone on top of whatever has room to hold them. It nigh impossible to by-pass nostalgia when cleansing the physical. Interesting how the physical reminder triggers such emotions. In this case the vast emotions are positive. However, digging deeper finds old letters filled with ramblings of angst and fear. Is it time to shred those old rancid thoughts?
This stuff hold memories of a family. These objects spill over with laughter, love, joy, tears, heartache, and sometimes silence. Some questions are answered, some discoveries provoke more questions. But is the time now? Can we safely discard the physical without losing a part of us?
Disclosure: I am a thrower outer. I don't keep a lot of stuff. My children are keepers. Mostly they like to keep their stuff at my place. It's a gentle process - this nudging of someone to let go.
It's a life lesson:
we are born (we get),
we live (we use),
we die (we let go).
And in between the pillars we do the best we can with the resources we are given.
How are you doing between your pillars?