I came across the above image and immediately it reminded me of something which was said to me by a wonderful friend over thirty years ago on handing over a Christmas present. She said that the present was to be used now and not for another day. If, however, I didn’t like it to pass it on to someone I knew who would use it. She reminded me again about using and living in the now.
My friend has since died but on seeing her photo a few weeks ago I started looking at “things” in the house. I realised that so many of those “things” had been put away for an occasion which hadn’t come.
Although I would do a clear out on a regular basis there have been some areas where I just couldn’t do it because of feeling disloyal to the people who had spent time and hard-earned money on purchasing a present for me or for the family.
I started on a dresser which housed glass and delph ware. I took everything out and I remembered those people who had given me the items. However, I made some difficult decisions about which items I would keep, and which would be donated to charity shops or offered to friends. In actively remembering those people I found that it was ok to find a new home for those “things”.
What I have been left with are items I use each and every year and have become part of the fabric of our family.
So, one item of furniture sorted now onto the others