Odd Socks and Guilt

4 Aug

Tonight, as I trawled through yet another pile of clean, dry laundry, I got to the bottom and found the same handful of odd socks that have been there for the past 6 months.

Irritated to see them there yet again, something in me snapped.

I don’t know if it’s the fact I’m in ultra-organised mode as I pack everything including the kitchen sink for our week of camping. We leave tomorrow and I am SO Not into camping it’s not even funny.
Don’t laugh at me.
Just. Don’t.

I don’t know if it’s the desire in me for radical change, for a new beginning.

I don’t know what made me do it, but I threw the odd socks away.
Trashed them.
Chucked them in the bin, in with a load of other rubbish.

And along with the odd socks I threw away a whole load of guilt.

Now I feel lighter.
I feel a little freer.
I feel….powerful.

See, the odd socks represent the past.
A little.
Ok, just bear with me and use your imagination.
If you have one.

I’ve been hanging on to those poor old, useless, hole-ridden, odd socks even though I’ve known all along there wasn’t even the remotest chance of reuniting them with their partners.

What good does it do to hang on to odd snippets of memories you’ve grown out of, bits of your past that are tired, worn, and will never serve you any purpose…?!

Sometimes, it’s ok to be radical and throw those memories away, cut yourself off from the effects of things past that really are of no use to you today. It’s really just a matter of choice. You are powerful. You are in charge of what you do with your past – NOT the other way round.

“Forget the former things; do not dwell on the past. See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it? I am making a way in the wilderness and streams in the wasteland.” (Isaiah 43:18, 19 NIV)

Don’t let your odd socks clutter
your life.
Throw them away, guilt-free – and go buy new socks!!


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