The word keep has several definitions. The verb to keep is to maintain or have custody of something. The noun keep speaks of the strongest part of a castle and then there is keep in that means a place where prisoners are kept. That inspired the thought are we kept by those things that we keep? Do we keep thoughts from the past and such to feel protected and then find ourselves imprisoned by them instead?
Thinking back to all we hold dear. Ideas, dreams, dogma passed down by teachers, family, friends, and personal experiences. Things we promise we will never do again. Things we promise to remember for always. Things we keep and bring with us day- by -day- by- day. Do we still need these beliefs? Are we being kept or imprisoned by them? Are they ultimately weights that hold us down?
How about ideas others have about us? That we should be something just fill in the blank I should be _____ or that we are not another I am not _______enough? Whether we are deemed smart, capable, responsible, successful or that the notion of being these things is even important.
How much energy goes into maintaining that which we keep? When we think about physical objects, about children or pets, about keeping a job or a relationship, how much does all that we keep cost us? Some things are deemed worth the cost of time, energy and effort. What about the things that are not?
Are you getting a good return on investment for that which you keep? At the end of the day do you feel drained of energy or do you take inventory of that which you keep and find personal value in it? What do you keep and what would be better for you to let go of that which saps energy, strength and hope? We can only keep so much successfully and that is why choices about what we keep are so important to overall satisfaction in life.