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The Message From a Squirrel

Good morning everyone.  What a gloomy and cool brisk morning.  In the forties here in the Chicago land area.  It seems as though the weather has turned for the time being.  Just in time for my outdoor storytelling...yeah!  I will need layering this weekend.  I have 2 private parties that I will be entertaining for.
I love telling ghost stories...one of my personal favorites.  These will be enjoyable to tell , because they are for adults.  I can then get into the scarier types.
Well on to today's blog.  I was thinking about all the gathering we seem to do.  I was driving home from the Senior center the other day and it seemed like every block I went down had a couple of squirrels.  They are truly the gathering creatures and I started to think about how we all gather and collect. 
Recently we got new neighbors and while talking with the one man, he was telling me how in getting ready to move, he had to sort and clean out and discard.  He talked about how much you collect when you don't realize it. 
That started me thinking about how I need to really get my mind set on cleaning out.  I decided that starting the first of the year, I will make a very large attempt at cleaning and discarding.  I am such a memory keeper.  I cannot bear to through away anything that has a memory attached to it...and believe me....almost everything in my mind has a memory attached to it. 
I still have my communion dress along with my daughters communion dresses.  I have my wedding gown and my mothers wedding gown.  I even have my wedding shoes...after 39 years...I don't think I need to hold onto to them any longer...I cannot imagine why I held onto them in the first place.  I will ask the granddaughters if they would want either gown to wear..if not, perhaps it is time to cut a piece and make a shadow box with a picture and let go of the rest.  I know that someday all the things that I cannot let go of will soon land up somewhere.  I know that there won't be the same attachments to any of the items that I have, so the time has finally come. 
The biggest problem that I have is that I have some wonderful keepsakes.  There are items that I have that perhaps I should donate to a museum.  Items that were kept by my inlaws from when they were in a work camp in Germany during the war.   There are way too many items that I have held onto that it is time to let go of.  As I have gotten older...I know that I don't want to leave a lot of work someday for everyone to have to do.  I just wish someone would come up with an easier way to do it.  I feel like a traitor when I want to throw something away.  I guess because I have this uncanny way of having remembered each person that gave it to me.   I guess I am more like a squirrel than I had ever imagined.  If  there is a theme party to throw...I would be able to go through the boxes and find the items to make the theme.  Now that is not a good thing.  I have so many holiday items that it is time to scale down.  I  will have to see whether the granddaughters may want some of it.  I used to put up an entire village at Christmas and now with just myself and husband...I don't bother anymore.  I have enough decorrations to decorate 10 trees.  I used to put up many and now I am happy to get one up.  It just doesn't feel the same without the children around to enjoy it. 
When I looked up the meaning of the totem of a squirrel, this is what I found. Amazing, because this so describes me and where I am at the moment. 
Gathering, Activity, Preparedness
The gathering power of Squirrel is a great gift. 
It teaches us balance within the circle of gathering and giving out. 
They remind us that in our quest for our goals,
it is vital to make time for play and socializing.
Squirrel teaches us to conserve our energy for times of need. 
If your totem is Squirrel or Squirrel has recently entered your life,
lighten your load of things that are unnecessary –
things that you have gathered in the past and may be cluttering your life –
thoughts, worries, and stresses.
Squirrel is also the totem of action. 
Ask yourself are you too active, not active enough, afraid of enough,
hung up on accumulating and collecting. 
Squirrel people tend to be a little erratic – trying to do many things at once. 
Take the time to stop and listen to your inner self – and don’t forget to play!
I suppose that it is right on...I  am needing to have more time to play and enjoy, but lately I have been pushing myself in many ways.  Doing the show and all the storytelling...this time of the year is my crunch time.  I don't even like to celebrate my Birthday because it comes during my busy season.  I will have to make some time soon. 
So, if squirrel seems to be in your path as well, perhaps it is time to take heed of it's message. 

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