Last year I decided I wanted a charm bracelet. I’m still not sure why. I’ve been doing my best to release stuff – to stop hunting & gathering – to cease collecting.
I love my charm bracelet though.
It offers me memories of:
the people who’ve given me these charms;
Alaska (my favorite vacation spot);
Pelican House (my favorite retreat spot);
that dragonflies signify balance;
Havelock High School (where I made life time friends and was kicked out of the National Honor Society);
my spiritual connection to The Spiral and St Christopher (the patron saint of travel);
my English roots;
the wonders of Lake Waccamaw (my home for the past 22 years);
that getting a tattoo was all I wanted and more;
and to use moisturizer at least once every single day!
So maybe I’m not ready to quit collecting stuff. I’ve let go of most of my magazine subscriptions. I now visit my local Library before visiting my favorite local bookseller. If I haven’t worn or used it in the last six months ~ I donate it. And I’ve asked (as gently as possible, of course) my pals to stop giving me dragonfly art.
I’m going to keep adding to my charm bracelet – without guilt – with joy.
What do you collect with joy?