For me, when I’m faced with making several choices at the same time, I often get stymied and stalled. Instead of evaluating which one might be in my best interest, I find myself making no choice at all, which is in fact a choice. One of my most recent choices has been about moving from the house where I’ve been living for 30 years. I love the house and gardens that I’ve created; it’s a sanctuary for my heart and soul. However, it’s getting harder and harder to get up and down the four levels, especially with all of the physical ailments of late. I also watched my mother not be able to return to her house of fifty years after she had a stroke, as her beloved home wasn’t safe. So, I’ve picked out a one level place that has a much smaller garden. I’ve already chosen the plants that I want to take.
Still, there were so many decisions to get to this point, such as what to discard, donate, or give away. I am embarrassed to say that I gave away 22 of those those large white trash bags of clothes and shoes to a charity that gives women a second chance. I had clothes that I was never, ever going to be able to fit into again, and shoes that hurt my feet. There was always something better to do than clean out a drawer or a closet, so things piled up.Once I got into the spirit of giving away, it started to be fun to see the reactions of people to whom I gave things. Why wait until the stuff that gets divided up in my will is ready for distribution? Watch others enjoy the stuff now. Besides, I’m moving to a place that’s 1/2 the floor space that I had before, so some of the giving was by necessity.
I found these words by Eleanor Roosevelt to be particularly important for me as I make this big choice in my life. “I am who I am because of the choices I made yesterday.” seems like it should be a new standard for me to live by. Making choices because I can until I am forced to do so.
What was a particularly hard decision that you had to make? How did you go about doing it?
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