Time--2017 A to Z Theme

My theme for the 2018 Blogging from A to Z April Challenge is "Cleaning the Clutter"--I might literally be cleaning my closets or figuratively clearing the excess from some other part of my life. I'm sure you can think of other things this could mean for you as well.

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Friday, April 27, 2018

X Marks the Treasure ( #atozchallenge )


Life is an ongoing treasure hunt.  Every day there are new treasures to be found if we just keep our eyes and minds open...








"X" Marks the Spot

        Somewhere in this house there lies a treasure, but there is no X marking the spot.  In fact there are many a treasure waiting with nary an X in view.  If I had a map to find my way through life then I'd know what exactly to expect at the start of each day.  But I don't have that map so I go along my way with a determination to live my life the best I know how.

         It all comes down to that treasure hunt.  There is rarely an obvious X to show you where to find what you are looking for.  However there are plenty of other x-es like exploring, examining, and even exhuming.   Often you don't realize that you are searching for treasure--you stumble upon it.   You see, it's not so much that I find the treasure, but that the treasure finds me after which a connection is made with my deeper self and the nature of who I am. 

       I assure you that there is treasure in my home.   You can't see any X, so let's just say that the "X" is on me, on my heart, to the core of everything.   My physicality is the means of reaching hidden treasures so they can find me.   The treasure and I are on a common mission--to find each other. 

        When I find my treasure then perhaps I will give it away.  Or I might keep it for as long as I feel I need it.   Some things I hope will be with me for several more years.   No matter what though, all my stuff is going to be staying behind when I go. 

       Do you give away things with which you have sentimental feeling to people with whom you have some special bond?   What is something you've found from your past that filled you with feelings and memories?   Would you deem that type of a found item to be a personal treasure?





19 comments:

  1. A very uplifting post Lee. As you say there is always treasure in each day of life. Some however (including me) sometimes don't be bothered to find it.

    Happy weekend to you and family.
    Yvonne.

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    1. Yvonne, I think we all miss most of the treasures that pass us by daily.

      Lee

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  2. The X is continually moving, yet stationary...guess because it is within. I can't think of any particular "item" that would have an invisible X on it. But I do have people with an X, and times
    (sometimes chocolate has an X on it, though).

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    1. Donna, stuff isn't meaningful until someone attaches meaning to it. People and chocolate can both be very meaningful.

      Lee

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  3. My nephews were going through some things in our family cabin last summer. They ran across a treasure and brought it right to me. It was two green glass dragonfly trivets. I am an avid dragonfly fan. But I had never seen them before, nor can I even imagine my folks buying anything like that. I was going through a hard time just then, however, and I guess they were meant to be found and given to me to let me know my parents were up there in the wild blue yonder somewhere rooting for me...

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    1. Calensariel, very cool. Sometimes it helps to have other eyes--especially younger ones--helping in the treasure hunt.

      Lee

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    2. What surprised me was that they recognized their value to me and didn't chuck them.

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  4. Hi Lee!

    I couldn't possibly start giving away pieces of me. I'll let those who outlast me keep what they may. Most of what folks would call "stuff" does carry fond memories for me. That's why I keep them ;-)

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    1. Diedre, I kind of hope I do give away everything eventually when I'm certain I won't miss it.

      Lee

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  5. I like the conclusion. I hope actually that both our xs are in heaven.

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    1. CW, oh for a glorious day in the future!

      Lee

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  6. Lovely post Lee, thank you. Keep that X on/in your heart - that is the real treasure!

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    1. Susan S., the X on my heart is a target that I hope continues to get hit.

      Lee

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  7. Great post. Why do you have a shopping cart?

    I do tend to enjoy things for a short while and then pass them on. I'm not good at settling in to a place, I guess.

    My deepest "treasure" attachments are trees. They tend to stay around for a long time. Unless there's a fire, woodcutter, tree disease, lightning strike... etc. Forests change as much as they stay the same.

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    1. J, Trees are so wonderful. In our community I've gained a reputation for defending trees as certain members seem to always want to cut some down. It's worth the fight.

      Actually I have two shopping carts which were formerly used in the warehouse I managed. We used them when pulling large orders. Now they come in handy for moving and storing things.

      Lee

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  8. The X-mark on many of my treasure chests [boxes] is invisible on them all and my map is foggy - in game parlance that's 'fog of war'. Maybe if I had X-ray vision like Superman, then I might find those treasures...amidst the junk.

    Or maybe I need one of the X- https://rolandclarke.com/2018/04/27/x-is-for-x-men/

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    1. Roland, you really do have to look closely sometimes or you miss the treasure and it ends up being giving away without you ever realizing what it was.

      Lee

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  9. Lee,

    At this point, I can't let go of things with great sentimental attachment. Last month, while at my in-laws when we laid my FIL to rest, I went through some of the things we've stored there over the years when I came across a box marked "Cathy's dishes" in my MIL handwriting which I totally forgot about. The flood of emotion was a bit much as I thought about this chapter in my life closing. My second parents now gone from this life to the next and while I know this is temporary, it's really hard to adjust. In their last years, both of them either gave away or tried giving stuff away to us. I think this was their way of making sure that whoever they wanted to have something got it while they were still living instead of afterwards when there could be some misunderstanding or perhaps to cut down on the work load of the executor of the estate. I'm certain when we begin to move from this house to our next some day soon, I hope, we'll find some lost treasures. You're right treasures have a way of finding us, instead of the other way around. :) Thanks for hosting the A to Z fun, my friend. I always enjoy your posts so much!

    ~Curious as a Cathy
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    ~Curious as a Cathy
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  10. I found some treasures this past year when I was getting pictures together for my mom’s funeral. She marked down sayings she loved and her own musings. To me, these are treasures

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