Stripping away the rose colored glasses of denial concerning my reality. Getting in touch with truth. Reaching out to others in empathy concerning their reality and their walk to truth.

Tuesday, December 1, 2015

A gift to myself ~













I had clothes and household items I no longer need or use.  Everything was boxed or bagged and waiting for a destination for delivery... but where to send these things? I did not want them to go to a place where they get resold. I wanted the items to be given away. Thus I began a search for a home.

In my town there's a place called "The Free Store." They had a drop off in front, under a weather protecting canopy. Wow! That would work. I loaded my van and set off. It was easy to find, and there were ready hands to help me unload.

The ready hands were thanking me, but I felt I should thank them instead. After all, weren't they doing me a favor by taking these things?

The ride home was interesting. In the beginning it was to clear out some clutter, and stop hanging onto things that had no value to me. The impact of what one person can do ~ had simply gone over my head. Suddenly I felt as if I had given myself a gift. I hope you understand this. I hope you'll consider doing this... it's a great feeling.

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  1. It is a great feeling! Our church recently put on a dinner for a group where one spouse is currently absent and they all thanked us as we served the food. But I felt like I was the one blessed being able to do that for them.

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    1. I understand the feeling, Alex. It's great that you could participate.

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  2. A good thing to do indeed. Never even heard of a free store before. We have bins that go to free places we can put stuff in.

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  3. As I slowly lose weight, I give away the clothes that are too big. It makes me happy.

    Love,
    Janie

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    1. Janie, that is a good thing! Bless your heart.

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  4. 'tis always a great thing doing good things

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    1. True, Dezmond. I enjoyed your Hatchling trailer!!

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  5. "In giving, we ourselves receive." And it's true!

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  6. Our church has an annual giveaway in the Spring and in the Fall, where congregation members can donate, and folks from the community are invited to just take things. We put out all the stuff on a Friday and let folks in on Saturday morning. Almost everything is gone in an hour. Some will probably put them on a garage sale and sell them, but that's okay too.

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    1. Thanks, Fran. I get some great laughs at your blog, which I need. That's a gift to me from you (smile).

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    1. My niece collected blankets in her neighborhood and delivered them to a shelter. Easy, but takes time. I hope you find your own special treasure to share.

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  9. There is definitely more joy, pleasure, reward, gratification etc in giving than there is in receiving. We have several internet based 'free stuff' sites in most localities in the UK. I would be surprised if they didn't have something similar down Charlotte way!
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    1. Bazza - we probably do but I have a neighborhood that calls me when they have stuff to give away. I haul it off to a facility that cares.

      Meanwhile I have a look about what you've described here.

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  10. I donate my unwanted clothing, bed sheets, towels, small household items that are still usable, to the homeless shelter in town. They give everything away, and not just to homeless people, but to anyone in need. Yes, its a great feeling to know someone can use these serviceable items.

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    1. Donna - it does bring me a humble pleasure... loads of tears, at times. You know. (smile).

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  11. We have a donation box in our basement at my apartment building. I honestly don't know if the stuff is sold or not, guess I should find out.

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    1. Jo - sharing is the important thing. we may not think we have anything to give. I think you're your kindness is great.

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  12. Yes! You did a good thing! We are too. With the move, many things came to light that really have no place now, and what better to do than to give it to your choice of recipient. Love. Love. Love.

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  13. I loved your recent comment on Billy Pilgrim’s blog.

    Yes, I do understand. I got tired of storing things up for the occasional yard sale, and finally decided that the money wasn’t worth the aggravation, so I take my stuff to St. Vincent dePaul, and, like you, feel grateful that they accept it.

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    1. Thank you, Snowbrush! Billy and I go way back, but who knows when now?

      Your blog has some interesting reads! I'll visit again soon.

      Yard sales make me nuts! Glad you contribute to others.

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  14. almost everything i'm wearing at the moment was purchased at the thrift store. i truly believe that a tiny bit of a person's soul is absorbed into the clothes they wear and only good people donate good clothes to goodwill. ergo, i'm wearing clothes that were once worn by a good, generous person.

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    1. Hey-hey, Billy - I really like your sentiment!! We have the best thrift stores here too. My home is "shabby chic beach thrift."

      LoL

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