Have you ever brought in an only worn a few times pair of shoes to the store that you bought them to get another because they didn’t fit right or feel good? Yes, we all have. We essentially had to RePlace the old shoe with one more fitting to our style or taste. The act of RePlacing is great because it immediately insinuates an exchange of something less for something more. You most never hear of someone exchanging something fresh and new for something worn and torn. Some distinct clues that it’s time to RePlace something are: when it begins to hurt us, we begin to hurt or mistreat it, or we idolize it.
Oprah once notably said, “Love doesn’t hurt.” I mean, how simple and easy to understand is that? If it hurts, it’s not love. Well when we feel hurt or feel we want to illicit hurt, it probably means there is no longer an exchange of love or care and needs to be exchanged for something we’ll properly care for. Anything we mistreat, or that mistreats us isn’t worth the time and space it takes in our life and world.
Sometimes we need to RePlace something because it’s not that we hurt it, but instead we love it far more than what is healthy. We idolize it. I once had a boyfriend that idolized the gym…it was his God. If asked to choose between gym or me, the answer was without ReVocation “Gym.” Talk about barf. Moderation helps ensure nothing maximizes too much of our time and space eventually needing to be RePlaced.
Lastly, let’s not forget that some things are just irreplaceable. A true and good friend, dedicated partner, peace of mind; these are things we cannot easily just exchange for something else. These things are earned, appreciated, cherished, and do not hurt.