Last night I was out with a dear friend, having a Philly sandwich at the Wild Cow followed by two scoops of splendid ice cream at Jeni’s, Savannah Buttermint and Salted Peanut Butter with Chocolate Flecks. It was way too late to write a post when I got home and all I had the energy to do was give Hannah a hug and crawl into bed.
One of the benefits of minimizing possessions is that it gives me the freedom to spend my time and money doing things that I enjoy, like having a nice meal and catching up with a friend. Good friends are such gifts – but friendships take time to nurture. Conversations start with exchanging pleasantries, catching up on the family, asking about the job, maybe a little gossip, and segue into the stuff that matters, the areas in our lives where we struggle, our hopes, our dreams, and by the end we are challenging each other to do better, be better human beings, encouraging each other through the hard stuff, and finally sharing how much we appreciate each other and value the friendship. While it may be possible, I don’t know if you can get to that place if all you have time for is a quick cup of coffee or a fast food lunch. The friendships I have today are so vital, I honestly don’t know what I would do without them. Life would be bereft and lonely when it’s meant to be lived in community.
But now back to the matter at hand. Though I’ve already shown you all the gift bags I’d accumulated over the years, I haven’t yet shared all the paper bags I’ve been saving. Yeah, thirty-nine of them. Two of them are currently holding all the hundreds of documents I’ve shredded (that was going to be yesterday’s post – more details on that later), I saved ten, and I put twenty-seven in the recycle bin. I don’t know why I saved ten (and that may change before the game is over) but you’ve probably picked up on the fact that I save stuff and have a hard time letting it go.
The game is winding down – just a few more days to go. If you’ve been playing along, please share how many items you’ve purged so far.