May 30, 2012

50 Things that Fit In A Box.

photo: Delphine Ménard

Boxes everywhere you look!

Boxes inside and outside of you.

We throw it all in a box, walk out to our garage and open the door placing it in a dark corner in the back; we let the box sit there and gather dust, spiders, rat poop and whatever else lurks in a garage.

We do this metaphorically and literally.

What you can’t see won’t hurt you, right?

It got me thinking, how many things do we fit in a box?

Whether they are supposed to go in a box is a whole other question, but sometimes we just don’t know where to put a squirrely emotion, person or feeling.

Maybe we just put the dirty dishes in a box for a little while, til they start to reek and then we begrudgingly take em’ out and scrub, scrub, scrub to remove all the caked on gunk that would have been easily gone had we not dealt with it in the first place.

I believe anything living, except maybe a turtle or a caterpillar probably shouldn’t be in a box, especially anything related to emotions or happiness, relationships and dreams.

Everything with a pulse, which needs to breathe for its very survival, should really never go in a box.

Limitations create the walls and the lid for the box.

Often, we don’t realize this is the position we live our life; we wake each day with our perspective to live in the present with restraints based on the past. The box is the place from where all possibilities, become impossibilities.

A box can show up in our actions, reactions, thoughts, feelings, fears, experiences, how we see and perceive events taking place in our lives. It is based on what we believe is true for our existence and we may not even be aware of its affect in deterring us from our dreams and goals.

Now I should mention the contents of the box also include things we hide or want to deny. If I put it in a box and compartmentalize my life, I don’t have to deal with it! Sounds great, huh?

Life in a box is with our implicit consent; we stay within this familiar “known” space and allow it to act as a threshold to our daily life. It is the restriction of our very soul. 

Sounds like a party in a box? You can always choose to redecorate and find a new place for some of the items below. Let’s bust the lid off some of these boxes!

photo: André Zehetbauer

50 things “off the top of my head” that go in a box:

  1. Hats
  2. Donuts
  3. Heartfelt emotions-about any subject where we are different or threatened.
  4. Shoes
  5. Caterpillars (waiting for them to become butterflies)
  6. Vulnerability
  7. Our insecurities
  8. Our dreams
  9. Pizza
  10. Love
  11. Fear
  12. Leftovers
  13. Jewelry
  14. Teeth
  15. Chocolate
  16. Grief
  17. You, me and anyone limited by the walls of the box
  18. Gloves
  19. Maps
  20. Anger
  21. Abundance
  22. Car registration
  23. Matches
  24. Pasta
  25. Pills
  26. Fun (Hmmm, sound familiar “I want fun, but something bad could happen!”)
  27. Addictions
  28. Dead things
  29. Crayons
  30. Loneliness
  31. Freedom
  32. Trust
  33. Smoked Salmon
  34. Cookies
  35. Crying
  36. Intimacy
  37. Laughter
  38. Passion
  39. Creativity
  40. Ashes
  41. Contents of my garage
  42. Mistakes
  43. Fulfillment
  44. Pencils
  45. Lunch
  46. Optimism
  47. Celebration
  48. True Success
  49. Sadness
  50. Wine

Please feel free to add on to this list, the possibilities, ahem… are unlimited!

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Editor: Kate Bartolotta

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