My first thought when I pulled out my sock drawer was “Why do I have so many socks?” I dumped them all out, found 4 socks that had no mates, several pair that weren’t even mine(?) and surprisingly, not many with holes in them – I’m pretty good at throwing them out when holes happen – I so do not darn socks! I threw out several pair that had seen better days and or had lost their ability to stay up. I decided to colour code them and lined them all back in the drawer like soldiers. When I’d finished that, I discovered another drawer ½ full of socks that I’d completely forgotten about! Obviously, I did not miss them so out they went.
As I was finishing my to-do list this a.m. I was pondering my ‘why do I have so many socks?’ question. If my drawer of socks were a metaphor for my life what would it mean? I asked myself. Socks cover my feet, which is my foundation for moving about. And I have covering for any probable/possible occasion. So, my foundation is ‘covered.’ Which is true in my life. I have more than the basic necessities of life, in fact, like my socks, I have a luxury of necessities to choose from for any likely situation. In the way I hoard socks that I don’t use or no longer need, maybe in life I hoard more than I need? This leads me to ask myself; In what ways can I pare down what I think I ‘need’ to exist? I also suspect that it represents a common basic fear of having enough covering for the future. I stock pile socks as security literally and figuratively. Can I really be prepared for the future by trying to ‘cover’ every possibility? I do not believe I can. I do know that I have resources available when I need them, but even more importantly, I have my internal resources that have always guided me and will continue to guide me in every situation. I will certainly give more thought to purchasing socks in the future.
Item 22: Download lyrics to that song you always sing, but aren’t sure of the words and sing it out loud