132 Days ’til 40: What Do You Keep Locked Up???

12 Oct

Today I was thinking about the fact that we, as people, keep many things locked up in our lives.  We keep physical things locked up and we keep emotional feelings locked up.

Sometimes as we keep things locked up we think we are finding freedom in holding things at bay…. and other times…. other times I wonder if we are actually chaining ourselves and limiting our lives as we keep things locked up.

I find that the less I leave locked up, the more I am able to deal with (whether it is my physical “stuff” or emotional “stuff”) the better my life becomes, the more content I am.

As I am willing to face those things I wanted locked up, I become a better parent, a better partner – and I am able to give to the best of my ability all the support I can to my staff, our amazing students, and their wonderful families.

Today, 132 days ’til 40, I remind myself that life gets better when we stop locking things up!



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13 responses to “132 Days ’til 40: What Do You Keep Locked Up???

  1. jensine

    October 12, 2012 at 00:01

    sometimes I need to jiggle the key and pull at the lock a bit to let those inner feelings out …

  2. Jennifer Stuart

    October 12, 2012 at 00:12

    Wow, that’s really insightful. I feel the same way about the emotional stuff. Locking it up is rarely good, if ever. It makes me wonder about the value of maybe imagining the “safe” or whatever sort of “room” in my psyche the stuff is locked in; because there are definitely things in there! But if I imagine it as a red velvety room with cozy chairs, a little smooth wooden table, some candles, and a fire place, perhaps I can sit with those locked up things in there and learn more about them and finally let them out. Might be something I try later on. Thanks for the inspiration to bring my mind to that place!

    • 400daystil40

      October 13, 2012 at 00:58

      Thanks, Jennifer!!! I love your idea of creating that safe space in our minds!

  3. Holly Michael

    October 12, 2012 at 01:51

    Good advice…better to unlock it, Give it to God and let go!

  4. sakuraandme

    October 12, 2012 at 04:06

    I locked up so many things in my mind!…Then *BANG*!!
    my poor brain couldn’t cope and I had a nervous breakdown.
    Unlocking your mind and dealing with things as they happen…sets your mind free of negative energy!

    • 400daystil40

      October 13, 2012 at 00:57

      Yes, what great advice and insight you have!

      • sakuraandme

        October 14, 2012 at 13:12

        Thank you x

  5. Naia

    October 12, 2012 at 06:21

    I can think of quite a few things I keep “locked up.” Of course, most of them are mental in nature. If I were a smart woman, I’d let go of that and move on to a healthier life… right?

    Thank you for an awesome post,


    • 400daystil40

      October 13, 2012 at 00:56

      Yes, we would all be smarter (and happier) if we learned that lesson, but it is a hard one to learn!

  6. colormusing

    October 12, 2012 at 19:36

    Here’s to opening up!


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