The Green Light

Clump #164:  Clear away pile number 23, life insurance paperwork.

Some wives present dessert after dinner; this evening I served my husband a clump of life insurance paperwork.  Lucky guy! Below, left: recycle; right: recycle and shred.  A smaller pile, filed.


Even if the grass, plants, and trees are not green yet, stores are pushing the color like Christmas decorations in October.  Both silly:


And sweet:


Who am I to resist?  The pigment therapy color for today is great, glorious green!


A trio of photos of green growing things forming passageways …


through which a few people I love walked …


we’re moving toward the green!


I heard a familiar song on the radio yesterday, The Eagles’ “Already Gone.”  These lyrics suddenly jumped out at me:

So often times it happens that we live our lives in chains 
And we never even know we have the key 

I made a connection to our self-inflicted paper jam.  The reality of finally setting ourselves free has not fully sunken in.  We’ve had the keys all along. But, soon..

I will sing this victory song
Woo-hoo-hoo, my, my woo-hoo-hoo

I often listen to WXPN, 88.5 FM.  For any music lovers out there, the station has been offering a free download a day “To get you through the cruelest month of February … twenty stellar studio session performances.” Tomorrow, Monday, February 24 — one day only — all twenty will be available to download.  They will disappear at midnight on February 28 … just like my paper piles!


  1. The Eagles quote reminds me of a line from one of my favorite spiritual books, Celebration of Discipline by Richard Foster, a Quaker. It’s also timely with the approach of Lent:

    “More than any single discipline, fasting reveals the things that control us. This is a wonderful benefit to the true disciple who longs to be transformed into the image of Jesus Christ. We cover up what is inside us with food and other good things, but in fasting these things surface. If pride controls us, it will be revealed almost immediately. . . . Fasting helps us keep our balance in life. How easily we begin to allow nonessentials to take precedence in our lives. How quickly we crave things we do not need until we are enslaved by them.” pp 48-49


  2. Wow. Thank you so much for sharing such a deep insight. I will try to remember the words “things that control us,” and “we are enslaved by them.” Truly the heart of what this whole project is about.


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