It’s that time again.
I have periods of time (much more frequently as I have gotten older and am more appreciative of the beauty of simplifying areas of my life) that I get the Urge to Purge.
I am currently in my Urge to Purge state. This extends not only to my physical environment, but my mental and psychological environment as well.
I’ve bagged up clothes that I haven’t worn in over a year, knic knacs that don’t fit with my current decorating style, Christmas candles, baskets, 3 yoga mats (I have no idea what in the hell that was about), thrown away old papers, packed up teaching materials (that was ouchy), and all manner of odds and ends….and then I tackled some mental baggage that has been cluttering up my precious brain matter.
ahhh, that feels good!
and then there was the china…
you know the marriage china. The china that I went and registered for over 25 years ago (oh yes I was a child bride!)…the Noritake china with the exceedingly romantic (at least in my 19 year old mind) name “Devotion”.
the GOOD china…
the actual china
The china that has moved with us 6 different times over the life of our marriage; the china that looks pretty but that we don’t use; the china that I only get out (if I remember) on special occasions, the china that gathers dust as it waits patiently to be taken out of the china cupboard…because I’m saving it.
It occurred to me that the china also represents some of me. Saving some of my good stuff, putting it away and out of sight…saving it for a special occasion. Operating under the idea that if I trot out the good stuff that maybe when I go back for more there won’t be any.
Keeping it (me) safe…
because…it’s fragile and what if it breaks (or no one likes it?)
because it’s “out of sight, out of mind” (much like our natural gifts and talents)
What, exactly, are you saving your good china for?
P.S. The Noritake Devotion China is staying for now. It’s been given a new home so it can be used more regularly and enjoyed 🙂