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Holding On and Letting Go

“Life is a balance of holding on and letting go.” – Rumi

Linda’s post on clutter got me to find this Rumi quote in my drafts. Most of my Christmas decorations are still up because they’re pretty and bring me joy. I’m putting them away a little at a time and thinking of letting go of the red Christmas lights I haven’t used in two years. But it’s too late to donate them and I won’t throw them away. They gave me joy two years ago. Plus, I might use them again someday. (The cluttered person’s trap.)

The question came to me: If I organize it better, does that count as decluttering?

Things I want to let go of are those I don’t use AND that do not bring me joy. Emotionally, we need to let go of things that get in the way, harm us, or take up too much space, like grudges, shame, and emails that are a year old.

What do I want to hold on to? Things that I use or want to use if they will be good for me. We want to hold on to the constants in our lives that give us joy, strength, or serenity. For me that would be nature, art, healthy relationships, and God’s love. I write about these constants in From Loneliness to Love.

As far as the red Christmas lights go, I’m going to let go of worrying about it and put them in a red tin can (new clutter) with a note attached to donate before Christmas.

What do you want to hold on to?

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For more one-liners, #JusJoJan jottings, and guidelines for each, visit our host, Linda Hill here.


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SoCS: Blue Serenity

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Today’s prompt for Stream of Consciousness Saturday is:

“blue.” Talk about the first blue object you see when you sit down to write your post. Have fun!

Blue happens to be my favorite color, just in front of green, yellow, amber, purple….. When I read the prompt, I was sitting in my dining area – it’s a little room with not as much blue as my bedroom, but I don’t usually write the SoCS post in the bedroom. The first thing I looked at after reading the prompt was the bulletin board, sort of a dream board, which has a lot of blue on it. I zeroed in on “The Other Serenity Prayer” posted on the lower right corner. Blue does seem to be the color of serenity, doesn’t it?

Blue Other Serenity Prayer on Bulletin Board

Here’s what it says in case you weren’t able to read it:

God, grant me the serenity to stop beating myself for not doing things perfectly,

the courage to forgive myself because I’m working on doing better,

And the wisdom to know that you already love me just the way I am.

Eleanor Brownn, with 2 Ns

It’s interesting that this thing about forgiving myself for not being perfect comes up now, since I have been beating myself up lately about a couple of mistakes. They are not huge mistakes, but I make them bigger in my mind. Why? Because I’m not supposed to make mistakes, which is BS. I think it’s more important to remember the lessons in a positive way, like investigate thoroughly would be one of those lessons. One of the mistakes was, I should have held back and considered all the options instead of losing my temper which I rarely lose. The other is that I should have stepped out and questioned someone’s behavior. I don’t want to go into the details. I think it’s enough that we remember the lessons without shaming ourselves or being overly critical. Both of these things on my mind (there are probably more, but STOP) would be helped by asking questions. Questions are often helpful. But back to serenity.  God loves us just the way we are.

I have nothing against the regular Serenity Prayer. In fact, I have found it very useful and a saver of my sanity on many occasions.

God grant me the serenity

To Accept the things I cannot change,

Courage to change the things I can,

And the wisdom to know the difference.

 

Here are some random photos with blue:

blue designs by Agnes Kasparkova

Agnes Kasparkova is 90 something.  She paints in Czechoslovakia

blue bottle

I have a thing for blue glass.

blue twilight cover photo (2)

birds on beach w blue

lake trail lake view

Oh, that reminds me of a song I’ve been singing lately: “Blue Skies”

Happy Saturday!

For more blue streams of consciousness, visit our host, Linda Hill at:

https://lindaghill.com/2019/09/13/the-friday-reminder-and-prompt-for-socs-sept-14-19/

Here are the rules:

1. Your post must be stream of consciousness writing, meaning no editing (typos can be fixed), and minimal planning on what you’re going to write.

2. Your post can be as long or as short as you want it to be. One sentence – one thousand words. Fact, fiction, poetry – it doesn’t matter. Just let the words carry you along until you’re ready to stop.

3. I will post the prompt here on my blog every Friday, along with a reminder for you to join in. The prompt will be one random thing, but it will not be a subject. For instance, I will not say “Write about dogs”; the prompt will be more like, “Make your first sentence a question,” “Begin with the word ‘The,’” or will simply be a single word to get you started.

4. Ping back! It’s important, so that I and other people can come and read your post! For example, in your post you can write “This post is part of SoCS:” and then copy and paste the URL found in your address bar at the top of this post into yours. Your link will show up in my comments for everyone to see. The most recent pingbacks will be found at the top. NOTE: Pingbacks only work from WordPress sites. If you’re self-hosted or are participating from another host, such as Blogger, please leave a link to your post in the comments below.

5. Read at least one other person’s blog who has linked back their post. Even better, read all of them! If you’re the first person to link back, you can check back later or go to the previous week by following my category, “Stream of Consciousness Saturday,” which you’ll find below the “Like” button on my post.

6. Copy and paste the rules (if you’d like to) in your post. The more people who join in, the more new bloggers you’ll meet and the bigger your community will get!

7. As a suggestion, tag your post “SoCS” and/or “#SoCS” for more exposure and more views.

8. Have fun!