Inclined Happiness: Appreciating People
by, 08-15-2010 at 12:06 PM (1259 Views)
What an incredibly long week! I hadn't realized how quickly clutter had accumulated in our closets over the spring/summer. I spent an entire day pulling everything out of the closets in our home, evaluating it with my required de-cluttering questions:
- Do I need it?
- Do I want it? (If I answer Yes, I ask myself, Have I used it in the last 6 months, if I haven't, it goes in the bin!)
- Does it make me money?
I have a tendency to "save" items for future use figuring that if someone asks, "do you a __", I can whip it out and hand it over. The problem with such thinking is that it is rare for anyone to ask for an item and even more rare that I can remember if I still have it (& or where I put it!).
So I set up a card table in my living room and proceeded to pile a number of items on top of it that didn't make the cut in my decluttering questions. The problem then became, what am I supposed to do with all of these unnecessary items? I wasn't really in the mood to hold a yard sale, mainly because It seems every time we hold a sale, people have a tendency to stop by a week or so later, knocking on the door to ask if we still have "such and such" am item that they saw a week earlier!
So I decided I would utilize Craigslist to see if we could get rid some of the larger unwanted items. I've had people call from 2 states away asking if I would mail them items COD. (Seriously!). However, Yesterday I got a call from a lady who was interested in an item and wanted to come pick it up. She was a bit later than I expected in showing up, but it didn't take more than 10 minutes to realize this wasn't going to be a quick pick up, it was as though she was an old friend and we'd known each other for years. We chatted and thoroughly enjoyed her company until nearly midnight before she parted for home.
It made me realize how important it is to enjoy the people that are around you and not to overlook an opportunity to make a new friend.
I used to joke about how much I love my computer because all of my friends live in there! While I do enjoy a good many friends online, it's also wonderful to enjoy the company of people in real life as well.