Last week when everything was coming to a head and we were giving Mya up to the rescue organization and my roller coaster just seemed too much for me, I gave a call to my friend in Scotland. As is typical I did not reach her directly (very busy lady) but she called me back today.
This woman is someone I connected with at work about 15 years ago. We got to hang out in England when I was there on business and we worked for the same company – that was in 2001. We did not see each other again until 2008 and I am hoping to see her this year – when she comes to visit in September. It’s amazing how I feel connected to someone I only see every 7 years!
In sharing all our news, she commented that by stripping ourselves of our personal belongings it is taking away what we believe to be our personality – what makes us who we are. However, once stripped, we become more of who we really are.
I told her I did not wish to arrive in Costa Rica naked – to which she laughed of course! But I get where she is going with this. It’s like Walter’s analogy of anchors. We need to release the things which hold us or restricts us – in order to allow ourselves to be truly revealed.
What I realized is that our son does not have the same attachments and we could do well by emulating him. He was in his room, no furniture, his clothes in a plastic drawer stand, his mattress on the floor, his computer set on a folding TV tray and he was sitting on a footstool – all the while singing along with his music. Now THIS is someone who has been strippped of all his belongings – his anhcors – and each morning he rises with the same enthusiasm as usual.