June 30, 2009
Up, ME News, Vol. 2, Issue 26
I went to see the children's movie, Up. It was highly entertaining, and somewhat like watching a parallel life.
Without giving the plot away, (yeah, I know it's a simple children's movie, but still... there is a plot) there comes a point when the main character must make a choice. You know how I've been about making choices lately.
Anyway, when the grumpy hero started throwing things out of his house to lighten up the load and achieve buoyancy, I leaned over and whispered to my movie-going friend, "Hey! I just did that!"
Emblematic, the house represents the sometimes immense baggage we carry around, and the legitimacy or illegitimacy of that carriage.
This includes the physical aspect of ownership: of things. As I mentioned last week, having less has given me an interesting sense of freedom. I’ve read that clutter can increase stress, and I now believe that it’s true.
Having more than you need is not going to make you happier… it just means more dusting.
I have also come to the conclusion that I do not really want to own anything.
At least not anything large and permanent, like a house.
What else do I not want to own?
I don’t want to own false grief.
I’m not happy about losing Jeff. I’m not angry, either.
I’m not questioning “why?”, because I know why, and I’m thankful.
I’m just lonely, and that’s where the present sadness comes from.
I don’t want to own false hope.
I want to have faith that where I am headed will someday make sense to me, and maybe to some others.
I don’t want to own the responsibility of false vision, knowing all that lies ahead.
I want to affirm that life’s adventure is a gift, gladly opening each day as such, marking the most memorable moments, good and bad, with rainbow hued ribbons.
I don’t want to own a false sense of security.
I want to believe with my whole soul that as paths change, they will continue to be clearly marked in my rearview mirror - under the direction of the only GPS necessary - GOD’s positioning system.
For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith – and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God – (NIV)
In this issue: Balloons, Boy Scouts of America, Talking Dog Collars, Paradise Falls.
Now posted: Arrested, Humor, That's Random
Posted by jaselin at June 30, 2009 01:18 PM