The Gypsy Tour, with an intent to simplify and minimize and streamline has been inspiring and interesting and even funny for a half a year now. I've enjoyed stories of kids sledding in boxes down stairways blasting holes in the wall, seen photos of wacky Alice in Wonderland style furniture, and learned the basics of buried pit roasting turkey - among other cool topics.
It's been a great joy to be part of this journey, the daily incremental change, the little bit of letting go every day of things, bags of markers and hair implements, books, shirts, vases -- as well as the long held things -- items with great meaning from high school and from early marriage.
The Gypsy Tour blog has caused me to examine what I may have been holding on to for too long as well, although I don't find myself getting rid of stuff, instead, I've been clearing old ideas, letting go of those I realize have no value -- and never did.
I've spent time on non valuable ideas: righteousness, anger, judgment, envy, jealousy, even rage sometimes. I like to think of myself as a kind and loving, generous and thoughtful, positive thinking and acting person. While seeing the process of elimination on the Gypsy Tour, I've decided to let go of old ideas and ways of being.
Gone are righteousness, anger, judgment, envy, jealousy, rage and more. Just like bags of markers, just like old denim pants and tank tops and pairs of bottle cozies and VHS copies of Peter Pan. Easy as that to let them go, just put them on the pile and take them away. No use for them. No future for them in my life.
However, unlike the theory of the Gypsy Tour, I've decided to fill up my wagon again: with love. Just love. Pure, unadulterated, unselfish, joyful, grateful, abundant love. Wherever in my life I find a lack of love, I will open the door to my own gypsy wagon and let the love shine.
I really like the image in my head of a Gypsy Wagon filled with love, I see bright light all around it. Nice. Thanks to my dear friend, Misty Young, for the beautiful blog entry.
IOU 20 items for the blog...I'd better get home soon or this number is going to become untenable!