Bittersweet

A vine that permeated Michigan & Indiana where I grew up.

A derivative of nightshade, with clusters of orange pods

My Mother loved this vine, hung in wreaths all around our home.

Especially during October, with my favorite, Halloween.

To me the word evokes

Memories and moments of times past

Moving to new cities as I did many times growing up.

Standing in the middle of the house

My room.

Cleaning out

Clearing away

Giving away

Letting go of

Every piece has a memory.

Tells you something about who you are

Who you wanted to be

Who you became.

Let those memories come

Touch the things, look at the stuff

Let the flood happen

Bask in it, bathe in it.

Did they bring you

Joy

Heartache

Surprise

Goodness

Pain

Hold it once more

Take the whole of it in

Now.

Does it bring you joy?

Decide.

Then

Either keep it or

Let it go.

Thank it

No guilt, no sadness

Joy for the moments of the moments that you had with

It

Them

They make the sum of the parts

The sum of you.

But you don't need any of it

You are who you are

Without a single thing

Without the stuff.

The constant

Buying, consuming, making piles.

Feeling cluttered.

We breeze through life

We breeze through the years of our life

Blink.

Give yourself

Your family

Your partner

Your kids

Your friends

Again, YOURSELF

A moment.

Because they go

Too quickly

Things change

And you don't want to miss

A millisecond.

So say yes to the joy of it

Even when it sucks.

Bittersweet is both

Bitter

And

Sweet.

We have all five/six tastes on our tongue because

We are supposed to "taste" all of them. 

Not just sweet.

The same is with emotions.

They are all there because we need all of them.

With hope there is more joy than fear.

More happy than sad.

Forgiveness.

The thing to do is control what you can

Embrace the unexpected

Let go of the past

And revel in every moment that you can.

There are never enough of them..

What do you hold onto and what do you let go of?

Time to tidy?

Bits at a time.

Bitter

And

Sweet.

Written by Head Maven & CEO, Heather Newman

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Photo: Bittersweet Wreath, Beckyredbarn.com

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