Thursday, November 17, 2011

My Home Runneth Over!

My Home Runneth Over!

Today, I was slogging through my home in an effort to purge all the unnecessary stuff that seems to accumulate and multiply when I am not looking.  It was a daunting task, but had to be done.  The house was in danger of reaching maximum density!  So much miscellaneous junk!  Broken toys.  Toys no one will play with.  Clothes like you would not believe.  Craft supplies out the wazoo.  All I could think was ‘Christmas is coming up and I have to get this stuff out of here before more comes in.’ The trash bin is now full.  Four trash bags made their way to the charity resale shop.  I am still not finished.

As I lamented the fact that my task was far from over, it occurred to me that I really had the wrong outlook.  Instead of complaining, I should be rejoicing!  What a problem to have!  How many people would trade places with me in a heartbeat?  How many children in this world have no toys to play with, much less extra that they just don’t care for anymore? 

So many of us are not merely blessed with plenty, but blessed with abundance.  Abundance we often take for granted.  Who are we to look upon the gifts given to us and regard them as a chore? 

As I went through the day, I changed my attitude to one of gratitude.  When I came upon an item I wasn’t sure whether or not to keep, I placed it in the donate bag with a little prayer that it would go to someone who needs it and would have no hesitation about saying that the item was wanted. 

I was able to offer up many thanks today.  Once I got started looking at my blessings – they were even more abundant that the ‘stuff’ I was getting rid of.   Instead of complaining about the constant stream of random items supplied to my children by their grandmothers, I gave thanks that my children have grandmothers in their lives.  Instead of complaining about finding more laundry when I thought I was finished, I gave thanks for my washing machine.  I don’t have to haul my laundry down to a creek and pound out the dirt on a rock! The list went on and on.  What you concentrate on really does multiply.

I will probably watch a little closer and make sure items coming through the door are actually needs instead of wants.  The miscellaneous stuff from well meaning family and friends will probably still get through.  From here on out, I am going to resolve not to get irritated, and instead get grateful! 


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