Do you have a favorite place to sit? Your go-to chair at home or let’s be real — your favorite seat on the airplane?
A few years ago when we finally made our arrival in our new house in Houston, Texas, I asked my mom, if I could have my Nana’s chair. It’s a chair that my Nana had when she was a little girl. I bet if the chair could talk there would be amazing stories to share. It has the smell of my Nana and my mom.
I’m sure I’m not the only one that has that one place that we call ours. It’s in those seats you feel comfortable, secure, and it feels right. Kind of like Goldie Locks finding her just right chair to sit in. “Ahhh, this chair is just right,” she sighed.
However, when Miss Goldie settled into her chair, it broke. I can relate.
Every morning you can find me sitting in my favorite chair with a warm cup of coffee and having my quiet time in my cocoon of warmth and love. Because I’ve occupied the chair so much, it’s showing some wear — the seat cushion needs more bounce, the springs are getting loose, and the floral material has slowly been fading. It’s time for me to give it some TLC and have it recovered.
To be honest, I have avoided reupholstering it. That would mean my chair would be gone and I would have no place to sit. But when I spotted the perfect fabric and color for my chair on sale, I knew it was time for me to let go. Within a week, I’d found a trusted upholsterer and shipped my beloved chair off for a new life.
Where do I sit now?
For the past few weeks now, I’ve been without my chair. Quite frankly, I have no idea where to sit or find an area in my house where it feels right.
I told my mom, “I have no idea where to go in the morning and drink my coffee. The smell of Nana, you and the cocoon of warmth is gone.” She laughingly told me that the next time she’s at my house, she will sit in the chair and cover it with her smell. All I can say is I’m holding her to that!
While I know this is not a first world problem, it feels like it. I don’t know where to sit! My morning routine and the predictability of sitting with my coffee has been disrupted. I know it’s only temporary, but it feels like this void will last forever.
Time to get out of your comfort zone.
“Life is full and overwhelming with the new. But its necessary to empty out the old to make room for the new to enter.” Eileen Caddy
Letting go of our comforts isn’t easy. I’m learning that every day my chair is not here with me. As much as I crave the comfort of my favorite spot, I know that the only way to make way for the new is to let go of the old.
We need to re-evaluate why and seek out areas where we can renew our thoughts or actions for whatever God has for us.
Recently I’ve been contemplating ( you can read more here)-my writings, my parenting and my desire to find something that gives me belonging.
Whether it’s letting go of a particular item, an unhealthy behavior or negative thinking, removing these things allows us to open our hands and lives to the better things God has for us.
For me, I found that not only do I need to move out of my favorite seat for a while, I also need to get rid of some other things as well:
1. I will sit down at my desk to write AFTER I’ve cleaned the kitchen put a load of laundry in the washer or catch up on all the social media happenings. But that isn’t helping me become a better writer. I need to schedule my writing time with a red pen and commit to it.
2.Thoughts of being perfect. I tend to think that I have to be the ideal mom. The truth is I screw up, and I don’t have it all together. I’m not perfect, and neither are my kids, but thankfully God is. He knows what’s best for us and loves us anyway.
3. My unwillingness to change. Often it takes stepping out of our comfort zones for us to discover new things. For me, I need to embrace the new season of life I’m in whether it’s volunteering or enjoying a hobby with my pilot, if I insist on staying where I’m at, I’ll miss out on some amazing adventures.
In what ways do you need to make changes in these areas? Are there things you feel that you need to let go of to make room for your best life?
Girl, life can be full and overwhelming at times, especially when changes are involved. But don’t let those things keep you tied down. You and I were meant to fly. Sometimes though, that can only happen when we let go.
When I finally get my new chair, I know it won’t be the exact same as it was. I will have to create my own smell, warmth, and comfort (although I’m tempted to call my mom to come to sit in it a while! )
But when I settle into it, I’ll know that whether I’m evaluating my writing, my parenting or something that gives me belonging, I’ll look at them with a new perspective.
All from a chair with a new pattern and comfort of its own.
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Take-off and Landings, Always Tiffany