Everyone loses stuff. For starters, you probably lost a good handful of hair today.
No? Your wallet perhaps? Gosh I hope not. Losing your wallet is probably one of the worst things to lose, right?
Well I’m sure you lost something today. Maybe just a couple hairs. Your keys. Some time. Your way.
Sometimes though, you lose big things. Big, by virtue of the size or amount of stuff lost. Or big because the stuff lost was hard, or perhaps impossible, to replace. Stuff that makes losing your wallet kind of …well, not quite as bad.
Don’t get me wrong, losing your wallet gives you days of headaches while you replace things. I know, I’ve done it several times. It’s not fun. It sucks ass, in fact. But really, the most important thing you lose is your time.
I’ve lost a lot of stuff along the way. Lots. Stuff that’s hard to replace. And frankly, I’m glad about it. By losing all that stuff, all those times, I’ve learned acceptance, to live in the moment, to find peace. I’ve learned not to get attached to stuff. Because it’s just that, stuff. In the grand scheme of things, stuff is not what we’re here to collect. We’re here to learn, grow, and connect with each other. Losing those connections is a far bigger tragedy. Sadly, I’ve lost many of those too.
But there is one bit of stuff that I’ve never managed to come to terms with losing. Something I cannot ever replace. Something that has meaning only for me. In memory of that bit of stuff, I give you this, something I wrote long ago.And love is light
And light is warm
And warmth is safe
And safety is knowing
And knowing is good
And goodness is laughter
And laughter is belonging
And belonging is love.