Monday, April 21, 2014

what to bring with and what to leave...

"In our journey through time, we all
 struggle constantly with what to bring along
 and what to leave behind. It feels so hard 
to throw anything away, but if we don’t, we will drown
 underneath a weight of our own making.
The river is a good model. 
It doesn’t own the water that rushes by, yet
 it couldn’t be in a more intimate relationship to it, 
and the force of what moves through shapes it.
 It is the same with everything we love. 
In truth, there is no point to holding on to the deepest things that matter, 
for they have already shaped us.
The purpose of sentiment, is to release 
the powerful feelings that sleep in us.
 Sometimes books and cards and shells and dried flowers do this. 
But often we carry more than we need, 
seldom trusting that what these small treasures represent
 is already living with us. Often the most useful gift we can give ourselves
 is to lay our lives open like a river."
~ Mark Nepo

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