Fresh air is blown into our sails, a clean sweep with a stiff broom – these are cleansing exercises, but they have no connection to freshness or refreshed.
Some things need to be discarded, whereas many simply need to be refreshed, like hanging a musty old shirt or sweater on the clothesline on a windy wintry morning. But sometimes, old stale things need to be discarded.
How do we tell one from the other, the thing or activity or person gone stale – ready for discarding, from the one we need to nurture and keep fresh?
Everything stale is not inadequate or worthless – sometimes, that means it’s spoiled beyond reasonableness, sometimes it’s obsolete.
Are you holding onto stale old things too long?
Decide what needs to be refreshed, discard the rest (if you are discarding someone – best to have a chat before saying, “Honey, you gotta go now.” ).