#1 NYT bestselling author Linda Lael Miller

Garbage Stew

Well, if you got past the subject line, you are a very brave soul.
What IS garbage stew, you may be asking, and why should I think about it on a beautiful Sunday morning? Good questions!
Garbage stew is the unconscious sludge that keeps us stuck–if we don’t know it’s there. The image that comes to my mind is that brilliant scene in the first “Star Wars” movie. Do you remember Luke, Hans and the princess–the robots, too, I think–plummeting into the noxious garbage at the bottom of the ship?
Now, George Lucas was a student of the great Joseph Campbell, mythologist extraordinaire. I’m sure he deliberately used the garbage bay as a representation of the subconscious mind. (Gee, and it only took me 30 years to figure that out!)
I hear you. Linda, you are saying, somewhat impatiently, what on earth are you getting at?
Here’s your answer. When you feel bad, it’s a good bet you’ve gotten stuck in that garbage stew–things from the past that you regret, or wish you could change, disappointments, mistakes, all that sort of sludge–and just by realizing where you are, and making a choice to climb out and clean up, you can. REALLY. The only reason you stay in the stew is because you don’t think you have a choice.
Me? I ask the Gardener to lift me out and hose me off. And He always does.

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