Today we start a brand new week, one that will see us sever ties with the house, and completely leave that lifestyle behind. I am reminded of the quote: “Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.” Mark Twain.
It is with gratitude and joy that I welcome this new opportunity, so thankful that Bill is willing to take on this adventure. I am in awe of the comfort that he has provided for us, his patience as I learn to downsize, and his sense of adventure.
Last week we had a moving sale. Several people warned me that it would be sad and hard to watch our “stuff” being sold. Contrary to that idea, it was a joyful experience! Amazing how much lighter everything feels without “stuff”. Don’t get me wrong – I have packed away way too much, I know this. The best part of last week? Hearing the stories of the people that came to our sale. Seeing the joy of them discovering “treasures”. Young couples just beginning to build a home together, others starting all over again for whatever reason, people rediscovering past joys because of something we chose to sell. It was awesome to be able to follow God’s nudges – the small voice that urged me to give something away, or do a very bad job with math to make purchases possible. Giving away special “treasures” to kids – just because. Now we are at the point of donating the rest of the “stuff”, clearing up and cleaning up the house. We have made some wonderful memories there, happy times, sad times, laughs, tears. It is my prayer that the new owners will use this property wisely, and create the environment for many more wonderful memories to be made. I know that eventually, the house will be demolished. The landscape will change. But the potential for joy to continue will be there.
As we move on, I know that we won’t be disappointed by doing this. In my heart, I have a great sense of peace about our new adventure. Exciting things are in our future. Having the love and support of our family and friends makes it even better.