Old Things In The Attic

November 1, 2021

Reflections, Day 24

So many old and lovely things are stored in the world’s attic because we don’t want them around us and we don’t dare throw them out.”
― John Steinbeck,

I have this piano bench that belonged to Aunt Gladys. The top and the legs are “wore out,” and there is no piano to accompany it. I don’t really want it. No one in my family wants it. I can’t find anyone who won’t charge me to get rid of Aunt Gladys’s piano bench. I could put it out for the garbage. Aunt Gladys doesn’t care because she went on to her great rewards many years ago.

And, I can close my eyes and picture that bench in its place in a dark corner of the attic. I just can’t make myself get rid of it.

I’ve noticed similar things in my mental attic.

There are attitudes, beliefs, convictions, and fears that I’ve had for years. I push them back into the recesses of my mind so I don’t have to think of them.

There’s an old attitude I got from my granny. It’s out-dated, it is no longer socially acceptable and it just plain never works. It never did work. One day I plan to pull that attitude out and get rid of it.

I have tried my best to get rid of prejudices and fears that were passed down by my southern forebearers. Do I need to get rid of both of them or just one? If one, then which? I ask myself as I explore the attic of my mind. After a bit of thought I figured that prejudices and fears went together. One cannot exist without the other. Does that make sense?

And so, to clean out a corner of my mental attic I work at getting rid of these prejudices and fears. I found that I can’t just throw them out but that I must break them apart and deal with the little pieces as I pick them up.

Sometimes it’s easiest to throw out the piano bench and then, pleased with myself, go watch television.

—john shulz

Published by John P.Schulz

I lost my vocal cords a while back due to throat cancer. The laryngectomy sent me on a quest to find and learn to use my new, altered voice. I am able to talk now with a really small and neat new prosthesis. My writing reflects what I have learned in my search for a voice. My site johnschulzauthor.com publishes a daily motivational quote and a personal comment. I write an article a week for my blog, johntheplantman.com which deals with a lot of the things that I do in the garden. I am also the author of Requiem for a Redneck and the new Redemption for a Redneck--novels portraying the lives and doings of folks around the north Georgia hills. I have an English Education degree from the University of Georgia and very happily married to the lovely Dekie Hicks. You may enjoy my daily Quotes and Notes at http://johnschulzauthor.com/

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