I have my eye set on a new endeavor. This task I have given to myself, knowing that it will bring an ease of living to my spirit…the task of cultivating simplicity.
The garden, which is my life, has become so overgrown that I strain to find the foxglove’s delicate thimbles for all the dandelion jungles and sprawling honeysuckle vines which have taken over.
My life is filled with stories marked by memento and memorabilia which fill the corners and crevices of my home. I want space to make new memories.
WHERE DO I WISH TO GROW MY CONFIDENCE?
I wish to reach down to that place inside where I sometimes cling onto things as a way of holding onto memories. I want to grow the confidence to let go of those things, knowing that the stories I have associated with them can ultimately be anchored in my heart.
~To the Collector in Me~
Hello, dear one. You have held on for so long. You have tried so desperately not to lose the past by holding onto bits and pieces of it that you have almost buried yourself in your treasures. This is the time to let go. There will be a freedom that comes with pruning back what is taking over. Instead of bogging yourself down in the things of yesterday, open up to the stories of family and friends, loved ones passed and gone. Become the collector of those great memories by holding them in your heart, but not by continuing to be the keeper of the things that were left behind. I know you are afraid you will forget. But there is no possible guarantee. You can grow old knowing that the memories you have tended are like seeds..some will last longer than others. Some will bloom for a season, to be forgotten with the coming of the clouds, rain, and cold….and some will reach to the skies with limbs and leaf, living as strong in memory as they did in action. It is true that stories are powerful and carry the ability to help us know ourselves, but this life is not just for reminiscing. No matter how tight you hold onto the memories, being a collector of stories can never shine as brightly as actually living the stories. So clean up, let go….and then get back to making a few good doosies!
This is a response to Wishcasting Wednesdays from Jamie Ridler. For more inspiration or to play along, check her out!
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