Angst and My Step Goal

It remains a goal – reaching the allotted number of steps and feeling the reward of a little buzz on my wrist each day. However, since I am a borderline couch potato, when the weather is uncooperative, I now walk in place more than I ever imagined.

Doug shakes his head as a march around our galley kitchen – why didn’t I do this years ago?

Anyway . . .

Last spring’s decluttering spurt added an unexpected way to add additional steps to my count. I didn’t remember where I put my Christmas jewelry!

For two weeks, I have walked back to the bedroom at least three times a day, searching through the same drawers with increasing desperation. (The Fitbit doesn’t track desperation.)

The holidays, which came on so suddenly, are zipping by. Opportunities to gussy myself up with my “jewels” are fleeting! Where are they I worried?

I would not have recycled these gems, whose value is priceless to me. But what did I do with them in my quest to declutter? The questions exercised my brain:

  • What motivated me to squirrel away my Christmas jewelry someplace quite apart from my other baubles, I don’t know.
  • Did I really think a Ziploc bag of cheerful, colored paste and plastic took up so much space?

Apparently I did.

I didn’t have a clue, as back and forth I trudged – no kidding for two weeks!

Why the panic over paste?

These bits and bobs are bookends of our Christmases together – a glittering tree which a dear friend gave me in 1972, to the flashing necklace which was a recent Thanksgiving meal memento from Doug’s nieces, and gifts from our kids

Memory is a way of holding onto the things you love, the things you are, the things you never want to lose. ~From the television show The Wonder Years

 Finally, I looked in an unlikely but rational space – the bottom drawer of my nightstand. Like the other two drawers, it could do with some decluttering. But, the gems shone forth.


Misplaced Christmas Jewels Increase My Steps

There you are my beauties!

Ah my Christmas jewels: These gems have life in them:  their colors speak, say what words fail of.  ~George Eliot

I can now deck the halls as it were.

Jewelry takes people’s minds off your wrinkles.  ~ Sonja_Henie (Hooray for you if you know who this gal is, was!)

The good news: Reorganizing the house for the holidays, I’ve probably stashed something else away that I will shortly need, and I’ll have more indoor exercise opportunities. Angst-motivated exercise: who knew?

What have you stashed something away gentle reader, that you need for the holidays? I hope that in the coming days, God will remind you and lead you to the very treasures you long to find! Isaiah 9


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