Somewhere last decade I received a glass rooster oil decanter that went in the kitchen. To complete the ensemble there was two glass grape clusters filled with oil. I kept them in the kitchen and dutifully kept them wiped off and clean.
I’ve moved several times and always took the time to wrap them up safely and place them on the counter in the new residence.
Today I was cleaning the kitchen counter and as always, cleaned them and put them back in their respective places. As I was drying the last of them up and making sure they were arranged perfectly; a thought crept into my mind. The same thought I have had for the past umpteen years.
I hate those stupid things.
This time I explored the thought a little. “Why are they still here if I hate them?”
Habit? Expectations? Obligations?
They were there because they always had been.
In a mild hissy fit; I grabbed a trash bag and hurled those decanters in. Gone were the yellow grapes with bits of Rosemary floating inside the globes. Gone was that stupid rooster with pearl onions gathered in his cocky tail. There was now a blank space on the counter. I looked around and saw my radio I listen to while I am cooking. I adore music in the kitchen. Often times that radio has spawned a dance party with my daughters while pasta cooks. Its brought on a sing-off with the boys. It’s caused my husband to whirl me into an impromptu dance. I love that radio and I love the happiness it brings me.
I moved it into the decanter’s previous residence and I felt…….EMPOWERED!
I took something out of my life that I have never liked. I had no reason to keep it other than it was just a fixture. It had always been there and I had ALLOWED it.
What if you were to do that in your emotional life? Thoughts that you don’t like that are in your head. Perhaps someone gave you that thought, but you have never liked it or agreed with it? Maybe it is something you thought yourself, but it makes you think negatively about yourself?
What would happen if you threw away that stupid cocky little Rooster and replaced it with something that made you happy?
Empowerment! Choosing to take the negative and throw it away. Deciding that you don’t like it; so why should you keep it around?
Kick out the Rooster!