Joining Kate Motaung and a community of courageous writers for Five Minute Friday. The prompt is, “Keep.”
I have never moved, whether it was across town, or across country to another home without asking myself during the packing process, “Why did I keep this?” Usually the question comes at the point where, after carefully packing according to plan – this closet, then this room, I begin to tire of the process or more likely, I realize that I am running out of time. The object can be books, cooking utensils, articles of clothing, you name it. The question does not discriminate and is oft repeated, “Why did I keep this?” or another version, “Why am I holding onto to this?”
I have a friend who is a master at purging her belongings. At least once per year, I believe, she goes through things in her home and makes decisions about what she will give away and what she will discard. And she goes beyond the decision. It is not a “One day I will get rid of these things.” It is a “Beginning today, I will …” and then she does just that.
I want to be like her in that respect because it is not just items that I can hold on to. It can be regret, hurt, disappointment, and the like. It can also be opinions, perspectives on life that I need to let go of or modify. Father, help me to rightly discern what I should keep and what I should let go and do so.