Thursday, March 29, 2012

Like a weaver I have rolled up my life....

Our year in Canada ends next week, a year to the day after after we flew into YVR. We are frantically divesting ourselves of our possessions accrued here, as we must leave with the same four bags we came with (OK we'll ship out the skis we bought here, but you get the idea).

We sold off some things we had acquired over the year at a garage sale (boy are Persians hard bargainers!). The rest of the stuff goes to friends here who can use it or charity shops and much of the household stuff will go to the boys' swimming coach who is setting up in his first apartment away from his mom and dad when he starts his postgrad studies this Fall. At least that's one trip to Ikea he won't have to make.

As a spiritual exercise it has much to commend it:

"This?"
"Don't need it"
"This?"
"Superfluous"
"What about this?"
"No".

This stripping ourselves of our material possessions and saying goodbye to the people we have grown to know and love here is (and I am not over-dramatising, I hope) akin to the process many of my patients go through when they know they are dying.

Like much else here, it has been good for the soul.

Deo gratias for our year in BC and for a glimpse of Sister Death.

Laudato si mi Signore, per sora nostra Morte corporale,
da la quale nullu homo uiuente pò skappare:
guai a quelli ke morrano ne le peccata mortali;
beati quelli ke trouarà ne le Tue sanctissime uoluntati,
ka la morte secunda no 'l farrà male.

5 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

or like wrapping up everything to go to the monastery ...

7:47 AM  
Blogger Tonia Marshall said...

I remember when we moved to Oz and everything we owned that wasn't in 4 suitcases and 4 pieces of hand luggage went into a shipping container. Part of me would have been relieved if the ship had gone down! The books, the CDs, the crystal glasses etc. We buy them, we store them, we pack them, we ship them, we insure them, but rarely do we ever actually use them! Hope the move goes well.

11:12 PM  
Blogger Paulinus said...

Agreed Tonia (and anon)

Naked we enter this world...

7:58 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Dear Paulinus.

Would you be interested in listing my new UK Cathlolic Website?

Please feel free to browse the topics, your comments will be most welcome, of course, time permitting.
Thanks.

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God Bless
Margaret

3:43 PM  
Blogger Martin said...

Welcome home, Paulinus.

9:52 PM  

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