The Year That Is

For some, the year can't be over soon enough. It's as if turning the calendar to 2️⃣0️⃣2️⃣1️⃣ has some magical ability to wipe away the raw craziness of this year. Donald Hall warns us that "there is never a later, but for most of my life I have believed in later."

No, before we think about pressing DELETE on this year, a sieve would be helpful to keep what is beneficial and let go of the destructive. This reminds me of a quote I first read 28 years ago:

Oh, the comfort—
the inexpressible comfort of feeling
safe with a person,
Having neither to weigh thoughts,
nor measure words—but pouring them
all right out—just as they are—
chaff and grain together—
certain that a faithful hand will
take and sift them—
keep what is worth keeping—
and with the breath of kindness
blow the rest away.
                                 Dinah Maria (Mulock) Craik (1826-1887) 

The final line is the key: "blow the rest away." Perceive the gentle firmness of this action and you will capture the genius of the sieve. There is no forcing but rather an organic letting go, a falling through, a separating out.

Back in June, Leslie Dwight wrote:

If you want help discerning the difference between what to keep and what to delete, register for Wednesday's zoominar on "The Art of Letting Go" by clicking here.

You might also take a look at a special program I have here: Simple Living.