Are you a Magpie?

©Ron Dudley

©Ron Dudley


1. a long-tailed crow with boldly marked (or green) plumage and a raucous voice.
2. used in similes or comparisons to refer to a person who collects things, especially things of little use or value, or a person who chatters idly.

Kelly-Ann Maddox referes to herself as a Magpie. Curious...we looked it up, and found the above. Yes, she is, indeed, chatty, but certainly does not collect things with "little use or value." Are you a Magpie? 

I own a lot of stuff. Often, I go through all of my bookshelves, my crafts, my clothing, my decks, my drawers of miscellany, fabrics, herbs, artwork and more. I can only keep as many books as fit into my one shelf. I can only have the clothes that fit in the spaces provided. I can only have...what I know and can manage to relate to: Most of what I have has deep meaning to me. Deep meaning. (p.s., regret that I gave up a large collection of albums, but they were a "travel" and "moving" burden.)

I also have a "present closet." I have kept this for many years: it's a place I put special things that I know I will want to gift away. It makes me happy to peer in.

What is special to you? What do you collect? What do you honor? The things we own are part of who we are and what we reflect into the world. Fun exercise
• Look around your space
• Make a list of what you see
• Make a list of what you smile about
• Make a list of what brings sad or anxious energy
• Make a list of what doesn't suit anymore
Reflect on the above. Write some notes. These things define you in ways. What do you love...and what do you want to shed... This is a "cleansing" exercise. Enjoy!