K: Keeps – What It’s Really Like

K: Keeps – What It’s Really Like

This post is part of a series titled, “A-B-Cs – What It’s Really Like”. Each week a new letter and its word will be revealed. Each word’s explanation will illustrate significant personal meaning, application and ultimately demonstrate, What It’s Really Like… 

I think at times we all struggle with keeping in general – keeping up, keeping touch, keeping time, keeping watch, keeping promises. Like a safe, we keep with us what we value and hold dear. Judgment plays a huge role in deciding what we keep and what we discard if presented with too many choices. I was once told that if it no longer serves you must stop holding on and let it go. It takes a strong sense of courage to be faced with a decision to release something that you once valued to potentially replace it with a more purposeful keepsake. Keepsakes are meant to hold pieces of precious memories. Time pieces are meant to keep time. Time is kept to place a “born on date” on memories in order to ensure proper freshness for consumption. Some of the items that we keep have no expiration date. I am finding that as I get older I am much more likely to compromise on the release of material items if in return my mind would have the capacity to keep and store more memories. Keeping up with the Jones’ falls into similar categories as the poor company you keep and not being your brother’s keeper.

Innocence makes us believe that bad things may never happen to us. When major adversity strikes it is difficult to keep the faith. In these situations it is important to keep your head, sanity and enthusiasm in proper working order. I think the line is, “KEEP SWIMMING!”, right?

Pog Collection

(The author of this post use to play Pogs “for keeps”.)

It is also important to protect what we value most and keep it safe. Besides your family, your dreams should be kept with great regard. Dreams should be protected with the watchful skill of a goalkeeper, maintained with the meticulous eye of a greens keeper and held close like a short-yardage quarterback keeper. Keep them as fresh as possible like a Tupperware food keeper, but readily and easily accessible like the Velcro on a Trapper Keeper…even if they are wild and possibly in need of being tamed by a zoo keeper.

As corny as my analogies are and all joking aside, the things we keep are serious business. Life is all about playing for keeps. Casey Kasem had it figured out when he said, “Keep your feet in the ground and keep reaching for the stars!” By accident or total coincidence, Kasem also begins with the letter ‘K’. This post just keeps getting better and better all the time!


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