Out with the Old
Sweep the mind
like a field of dry stubble
when the constellations
of daisies have been mown
Sometimes my mind is like a cluttered garage with seemingly unrelated thoughts stacked all over the place. Other times, it’s like opening a file cabinet and finding the folder I want empty. And sometimes I need to thoroughly sweep out the tired stories and limiting beliefs that hold me back.
Like a large power mower indiscriminately mowing down whatever is in its path, the pandemic has swept aside all the old, comfortable ways of doing things. And with that, I have the opportunity to let go of what I did and thought of myself before. Who do I want to be now? What do I say to myself when I use new technology, and do those things help me move forward or keep me stuck in the past? Do I always react in a predictable way to conflict or stress? What happens if I change?
Sweeping out the old is painful. It’s never something we just decide to do because–hey! we have a little extra time today so why not? No, we get swept into a situation that forces us to make choices about who we are and how we want to live our life. The roots of our past remain but we get to decide what gets cut back and what new growth to water and nurture.