You can’t take it with you…

But who would want to? Two thousand pounds of stuff… never to be seen again! To alleviate a misconception I encountered yesterday, though: I still have everything most people would use on a regular basis except a microwave and a TV/DVD. Those I don’t have for my own reasons. I didn’t get rid of a TV–I haven’t owned but one in my entire life. I have not gotten rid of my bed or couch. (As a matter of fact I still have two couches.) I’ve still only gone back to look for two things that I probably donated, and it didn’t bother me that they were gone. I can’t remember what one of those was, and I can’t describe the other (a shirt). I’ve missed fewer things since downsizing than I lost before downsizing, by far.

I didn’t give away anything that was meaningful to me. There were only a couple of things, including my set of college dishes (from 20 years ago) that I had a moment’s hesitation about giving up. I had no use for the things I let go of, and very little if any emotional attachment. These were things that I was storing, not using. And I probably have 500-1000 pounds more than should be donated in the near future. I met my goal though, and I’ll be satisfied to stop weighing for now.

Two thousand pounds seems like a lot, but my guess is that there are many other people who could easily give up twice that without missing any of it. I dare you to try it.


About thrugracealone

I'm a country girl raised city. I prefer open windows to AC, love a good thunderstorm, and enjoy hearing the owls and seeing lightning bugs. A bit old-fashioned, maybe, I can recognize many trees by name, resent elms and weeds, wish for a large garden and canning skills, and hope someday to downsize and get a few acres in the country. I am blessed with a terrific church, a good job, a sturdy house, two cats and a yard full of strawberries and mulberries in the right season. Some of my other favorite things to do are spoiling nieces and nephews, reading, swimming, biking, long walks, and blogging, of course. One of my favorite stories is creation. My abbreviated version goes like this: 1In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. 2Now the earth wasa formless and empty, darkness was over the surface of the deep, and the Spirit of God was hovering over the waters... And God moved... And God said... And it was very good. If God can speak to darkness, to an earth without form and void, and make something like this that we see everyday, and make it very good (and it was even better before the Fall!), He will surely make something wonderful out of the dark, void situations I sometimes find myself in. He has, and it's been very good. Two top posts: Can a Person Lose their Salvation? Baptism!

Posted on July 21, 2012, in Uncategorized. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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