We match up our expectations for the perfect mate, job, friends, outfit, and suit whatever it is. If something does not match we let it go (sometimes after a long painful try to make it “work”) and move on chasing down what works better, matches best.
Just today I opened the dryer and out exploded a bunch of socks some I could easily and quickly match up, but then there were those two socks that didn’t belong to anyone. I thought I might have put one of their mates in the drawer of lost and lonely socks I keep when I don’t know what do to with ones I can’t match up. Do you have a drawer of lost and lonely dreams, wounds or information you don’t know what to do with? I bet if you really thought about it you do. Do you ever visit that drawer to see if those things match or fit in your life now? It’s easy in the hustle and bustle of matching life up with what is “reasonable” to forget about the lower drawer of parked unmatched desires, dreams, needs and information you couldn't process. What if you took a look inside? What if you took a look inside with the curiosity of a child and pure non-judgment? What treasured pairing might you find?
Something that’s in my drawer I have not visited in a while is my love of drawing and painting. It got sidelined after college for the 60 hour work week. It just wasn’t a match for what I thought my life could hold. Yet this magical part of my life fed me so well once upon a time. A part of me wonders fearfully “am I still artistic? It’s been so long.” I am not sure if that is even the real issue, maybe it’s that I really am a good artist and I have wasted so many years not doing my art. The regret would be too much. This is where courage needs to kick in and taking a stand for this lost lonely drawer of what if’s and if only’s. Take one out, look at it, marvel at it and dare to match it in your life if it speaks to you. Heed the words of T.S Elliot “It’s never too late to be what you might have been.” Match On!