The Ghost of Cupcakes Past

Today’s Word:  SHEDDING

Today’s Time of Stillness:  18 minutes

Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things.  –  Philippians 4:8

I began this winter season with two pairs of pants that still fit me.  I guess you could say it’s been a “productive” year.

By Saturday morning it was down to one.  I could blame it on the dryer and its uncanny talent of shrinking the joy right out of what little fashion sense I have, but I suspect that grazing both the sweet and savory tables at six Christmas parties might also have something to do with it.

After a rather raucous, yet poorly attended, pity party on the floor of my full, but useless, closet, I grabbed my self-esteem and my car keys and went and bought a pair of pants that fit, because, let’s face it, my sweats were not going to cut it as business casual come Monday.

For the moment, a breathable waistline solved all of my problems.  And yet, even though I now had what I needed, I still found myself in the middle of my closet, sadly staring at what used to be true that isn’t true anymore.

We do that a lot.  Too often, really.  Look right past what we have to what used to be.  Relationships.  Careers.  Life circumstances.  Wardrobes.  And it steals the joy from life.  Regret, shame, disappointment always right in front of us on black velvet hangers because we won’t pack it up and put it away.

One of the gifts of Advent is a time to choose what we are going to hang in the closet of our heart, what we want to look at every day and be reminded of.  It is a time to pack up some boxes of longing or bitterness or clothes that don’t fit anymore, whatever it is that is unhealthy and always right there in front of us, though it shouldn’t be, and make room for the gifts we already have but fail to see.


The Spiritual Practice of Load Shedding

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