What to do on dark and dreary days? The kind of days when the outdoors do not look inviting. Some of us read, write, play mind games, call friends. And then there are the neat freaks. We play a game called What can I get rid of? I played that game again recently.
A lof of the decisions were easy. Old CD's - out. Pointy-toed shoes- away you go. Pillows without purpose? Gone. And then we come to the drawer (it used to be a box) titled cards, letters, friend photos, kids drawings. Each gets a new review. Everything jolts a memory. Brings a smile. Begs the question - whatever happened to? Before you know it, hours have gone by. Not a single item or memory has been added to the 'done with you' pile.
Strange, or maybe not so strange, what we value. What gives us forever joy. It's never the once loved 'stuff.' It's the threads of our lives. The message that says 'it's a lonesome old town when you're not around...' Aaaw. Letters from your exuberant college aged kids. You really said that? Baby photos. Oh my gosh, look at them now. It is the mosaic of people and places that have shaped who and what we are.
How could we throw any of our life away? How dare anyone think of it as clutter. Back into the magical drawer you go. In the meantime, when the next decluttering urge hits; there will likely be two drawers titled 'this is life, do not throw away.'
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