Turn, Turn, Turn. Anyone remember this song? Written by Pete Seeger in the late 50's but became a hit by the Byrds in 1965. It's my favorite song. (I'm old.)
You don't remember it? How about a refresher?
To every thing there is a season, and a time for every purpose under heaven:
A time to be born, and a time to die; a time to plant, a time to reap that which is planted;
A time to kill, and a time to heal; a time to break down, and a time to build up;
A time to weep, and a time to laugh; a time to mourn, and a time to dance;
A time to cast away stones, and a time to gather stones together;
A time to embrace, and a time to refrain from embracing;
A time to get, and a time to lose; a time to keep, and a time to cast away;
A time to rend, and a time to sew; a time to keep silence, and a time to speak;
A time to love, and a time to hate; a time of war, and a time of peace, I swear it's not too late.
I'm a little embarrassed to say, but it was my favorite song before I knew that it was really Ecclesiastes 3:1-8, set to music. The only words written by Seeger were...'turn, turn, turn', and the last line, 'a time for peace, I swear it's not too late'. Word for word from Ecclesiastes, so I guess that means King Solomon wrote it?? Maybe. We'll never really know.
So, now it's my favorite Bible verse, and my favorite song, but it's also my mantra for so many things in my life...taken, of course, totally out of context. Like... 'a time to get, and a time to lose'..... a time to keep, and a time to cast away.... is my minimalism/simplifying life attempts. Yes. My friends are rolling on the floor with laughter at this point. They've seen my house. They've seem my 'stuff'.
(FYI: there is less 'stuff' in it this year than last year....probably by one or two items. I'm trying.)
The reason I started thinking about this this morning...is:
To everything there is a season....
Last year after Thanksgiving, as I tossed all the turkey decorations in the Thanksgiving bin (not dreaming that the turkey bin would be the one casualty of our scary basement flood in the spring....killing off about half a dozen of my prized antique turkey candy containers...see, I wasn't kidding about being down several items in the household inventory!) I had decided that I really didn't need to do all this 'decorating'. Time to simplify. (see inspiration #1 above).
That lasted about a week, I guess.
and last year (on sale) I purchased this cute little turkey rug THAT I FOUND YESTERDAY!!! buried in some Christmas decorations, since I'm thinking about the next decorating 'season'...the 'season', like Thanksgiving, that I was going to minimalize this year in the decorating department and maximize in the spiritual department. (For those of you who don't celebrate Thanksgiving, in the US...Thanksgiving is less than a week away, and my house has been decorated for a month. Fred won't even be able to dirty that rug in a week...it's his 'clean your paws before coming inside' rug.)
I refuse to rush the holidays (there is a TIME for every season, right?)...and won't do Christmas decorating until the turkey is picked clean Thursday evening, but I've obviously been thinking about it. More than just a little. At least I found the turkey rug before Dec 1. I bought a Christmas tree. It's living outside, so that doesn't count as decorating, right?
Someone else, though, is totally obsessed and moving forward...
although I'm going to guess, he'll be right at my feet as I pick that turkey clean.