Your prompt for #JusJoJan and Stream of Consciousness Saturday is: “ad/add/AD (Anno Domini).” Use one, use ’em all–bonus points if you fit them all into your post. Have fun!
We all want to add something to our lives, I think. Things. People. Wealth. Experiences. Joy. Adding is enrichment, happiness. And who doesn’t want that, each in our own way?
We mourn loss. We don’t often fight the change of addition; we scream and hide from the change of loss. When we push back because that change is hard, that hard change is generally a subtraction of some sort.
Add. Subtract. Plus. Minus. Up. Down. In. Out. Light. Dark. Good. Bad.
You can’t have one without the other.
Our world teaches us to fill things up. Collect social media friends. Schedule every moment to its fullest. Buy the next best thing. FOMO is real now. More information. More hits. More. Add. Add.
A tiny, disturbingly perky and earnest Japanese woman is trending and teaching the world to fold and to declutter. Every possession must spark joy. This is advocating a type of subtraction: get rid of the junk. It is advocating a type of consumerism: buy only joyful things, but buy.
A filled bucket of water might be useful, because of the addition of the water. The bucket itself is useful because of the volume that has been taken away during its shaping, leaving the empty space. It is the subtraction that defines the bucket.
I’ve had a lot of things. I’ve lost a lot of things. I no longer can say, with certainty: this is good or bad, a plus or a minus, an addition or a subtraction. Those determinations can sometimes be made with time, but not always. As they say, the only constant is change.
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