I'm rather nostalgic at the moment as I begin to downsize six decades of accumulated junk and whittle away at what is worth hanging onto. I find that I can be happy to live with much less today than I thought necessary yesterday. It is a good place to be. Of course when I set aside the items to sell in a yardsale or estate sale (not sure which I will do yet), memories flood my mind. I'm guessing that is why I've kept so many silly things. As time goes by, we tend to forget the sweeter times that made us giggle, laugh out loud, or smile. I think taking photos of some things may very well be the answer for me as I price a twenty-dollar item for five dollars and then take two or one when offered. That way, I'll still have the item to jog my memory but not shelves upon shelves, and boxes upon boxes to sit wrapped up in some storage spot.
I've had a lot in life. Many blessings. Many heartaches. But through it all, I've come to a place wherein I am content to "go with the flow" and rest in God's grace. He is enough.
At the end of each day I am satisfied to know I have the love of God, the love of family, the love of friends. The rest is what allows me to live to give and honor God and show my love to others for the remainder of my time in this world.
Otis Redding's hit song, "Sitting on the Dock of the Bay" in which he was sitting on a dock, watching tides roll in and out--"wasting time", brought back memories when a Facebook friend posted it on her status yesterday. It called back calming memories of a Rhode Island beach I once enjoyed visiting. Yet, today, his words make me think how much time we waste doing nothing but watching life pass us by when there is so much more to life than wasting it.
Life is so very short on this earth. God has blessed us with life and it is too precious to waste watching others live it. I still want to jump in with both feet, marvel at the intricate shells, and feel ocean waves steal the sand beneath me. As my son use to say, "Count every moment and make every moment count."
Praying you have a bunch of moments today to capture snapshots of joy and goodness. I pray as you read this, you find yourself ready to gather a few rose buds and breathe in their sweet fragrance as they open in all their fullness. Just remember the thorns as simply part of the sacrifice to own Life's true Spirit and Glory.
"He himself is the sacrifice that atones for our sins--and not only our sins but the sins of all the world." 1 John 2:2
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For another thought on letting go and holding on: Clinging...may interest you.