Let the “Birds’ Fly

fall geese in flight
Photo by Nancy Bauer, OSB
As one season ends and the time approaches for looking at the oncoming season with an eager heart, I find myself looking into my clothes closet.  Gratefully it’s become a “game I play” as I look at various items hanging there looking at me while I’m looking at them. It’s become a light-hearted ritual for me to talk to each item and ask, “Are you still for me or are you hankering for a swap-shop-home?  Have I worn you very often this season?” If my answer is, only very few times, I have a variety of comments I might make to the item. An example might be, “You are so lovely. I’m shocked that I only wore you a few times. You pretty thing, you definitely deserve to be worn much oftener during this season next year. Someone, who would wear you much oftener, should delight in wearing you next year at this time. Then I can lightheartedly fold it up for the swap-shop-box.

Today I read this quote from St. John of the Cross it made me think of the advantage this game gives me for letting go of things I no longer need.

“The soul that is attached to anything, however much good there may be in it, will not arrive at the liberty of divine union. For whether it be a strong wire rope or a slender and delicate thread that holds the bird, it matters not, if it really holds it fast; for, until the cord be broken, the bird cannot fly.”

I continue to pray for eyes and a heart that can enjoy letting more “birds fly.”

Mary Rachel Kuebelbeck, OSB