Monday morning this week I awoke and was possessed with changing dishes. Now I’m not usually one to make changes! It just came over me.
Over the years, our furnishings have only been moved around a few times, with a only a few things replaced. We have made a few improvements to the house, but haven’t been ever changing as some are. Mostly new things have been added and not too much replaced. Not so much taken out. That’s beginning to change.
So it was unusual, but I felt compelled to make a few changes! I was the obedient servant and in so changing things around, I decided again and again things I no longer want — and set them aside. For things to change, I have to change. My inside is changing, so my outside must change too. My outside is a reflection of my inside. Therefore I must make it orderly. This will help me to feel more powerful and in control.
Dishes don’t make the meal, they enhance it. They show it off. They make the dining experience more enjoyable. Food for the body is essential, but a great part of the experience involves the surroundings, the people, the conversation. All of it makes up the experience. Therefore things matter, even though the spirit is the living part.
I am taking care of my thoughts here. Why not take care of my places too? Why not take care of everything? Take care of finances, take care of clothing, take care of the little things. Take the best care of the people I am with. Associate with the people I choose. Take care of possessions – when to keep them, and when to let them go.
Take care of the things that belong, and the things that do not. I’m thankful for the physical nature of things, the way they work and can be used. I’m thankful for the ideas that give life its meaning. I’m thankful for the people who share their deep hurts or sorrows with me and be in joy and gratitude for those who share their happiness and success! I am filled with gladness for them and I care about their hurt.