Somewhere deep inside our minds there’s a door to a place we don’t want to see, overflowing with heaps of scary old emotional baggage that we haven’t managed to clear away. We wish we could forget all about it, and most of the time we do; but when a present-day experience triggers those bad memories, the door swings wide open, no matter how many bars and screens we might believe we’ve put across it.

Scary-looking door set into crumbling concrete with rusty bars and a screen covering it.

(Creative Commons image via flickr)

What’s to be done about that door? More bars won’t solve the problem. Plant some nice pretty mental landscaping in front of it and make it less noticeable? Well, that might help a little; but really, it needs the same treatment as a real-life cluttered room full of ugly, rusty junk. Rather than trying to leave the door closed forever, we just need to roll up our sleeves and march confidently in there with a box of garbage bags, a bucket of hot soapy water, and a mop.

Nurturing Thursday was started by Becca Givens and seeks to “give this planet a much needed shot of fun, support and positive energy.” Visit her site to find more Nurturing Thursday posts and a list of frequent contributors.


  1. Wise words indeed, Meg!
    I’ve found my daily collages throughout June have somehow helped me clear out some mental/emotional garbage…
    Thanks for this nurturing post 🙂 x

  2. Glad you enjoyed the post, Claire, and thanks for stopping by to comment!

    • And thanks for visiting me – I’m starting a course on July 7th, A Wild Soul Woman (there’s a button in the blog sidebar), which I hope will help me to bring Nature and my soul stories closer together, so you were spot on with your comment 😀 x

  3. So true, and well said, Meg!

  4. Oh this is wonderful analogy, Meg! Thank you for sharing and linking to Nurturing Thursday!

  5. Such clever words. I guess almost everyone has some bad or rather sad memories and one does want to forget about them but just can’t. But it is part of life.
    I prefer to look at the positive side of life and from time to time I compare my sorrows with the more unfortunate ones. It results in thanking God for what I have.

    Thanks for visiting my blog.
    Happy weekend!

  6. Hi Meg, love it, sometimes this door open and the idea of taking care of it is great, because it’s clear that more lockers won’t solve the problem. Have a great week!

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