Closed burden basket, ca. 1900. Weaver unknown, Mashpee Wampanoag.
This seems like a good time of year to share part of a thoughtful post by Dwayne Melancon at Genuine Curiosity:
Our visiting missionary was talking about how we are called to leave behind things that make it more difficult for us to live the life we want to live. The "things" we need to leave behind are sometimes physical, but he asked us to broaden our perspective to include relationships, grudges, and so forth. ...And Kimberly Southall shared this quote from Ephesians 4:31:
Definitely got me thinking about how I can clean up some of the spiritual / emotional clutter. For example:
- Who can I forgive (or ask for forgiveness) and get past a grudge?
- Who can I apologize to and make amends?
- Do I have any relationships where it's time to move on and stop trying to "make it better?"
Get rid of all bitterness, rage and anger, brawling and slander, along with every form of malice.Katherine Gibson delves into emotional clutter in her wonderful book Unclutter Your Life. Here's just one quote:
Beth Skala talks of the Native American's burden basket. "It's the mental and spiritual clutter we carry. Our burden basket contains regrets, unfilled wishes, addictions, failures, memories of abuse, unresolved issues, and guilt. We can bend under its weight as life tosses more in, or we can set it down and examine what's in it and choose to unload some of the weight."I wish all of you an uncluttered life in the year ahead.
[Burden basket photo from The Language of Native American Baskets]