Big Brothers Big Sisters

Big Brothers Big Sisters Pickup

Big Brothers Big Sisters Pickup

Again, I am guilty of slacking in the blog writing department. Sometimes it is easier to just get things done and move on.

I look back to when I first started this blog and how difficult it was for me to let go of anything! Back then I thought I would honor each trinket with a photo, perform Reiki on each object and send it off to what I determined to be the best use for the object.  Back then I knew there was no other way for me to let go.  I needed the rituals to form a new habit, become comfortable with the emotional process and forge change.  Without the rituals I would have failed miserably.

Once I began to feel less resistance letting go, I realized that the individualized ritual was cumbersome and slowed my progress. So, I adapted the ritual to photographing and performing Jakikiri Joka Ho on multiple items at once. Things moved along quicker and with surprisingly even less resistance.

Now, I have managed to let go of many possessions. Yet, I am not close to having an empty house. At this stage I feel driven to let go of things.  I keep boxes at the ready. I walk around the house and take things off the wall at random, place them in boxes and actively look for the next thing to add to the box. When the box is full I perform Jakikiri Joka Ho, snap a photo or not, and take it to the thrift store.

This week Big Brothers and Big Sisters called asking for donations. They said they would be grateful for even one or two small items. I started filling boxes. I had no plan.  I just looked for anything that I could let go of in that moment. Letting go on demand! I filled 2 boxes with clothing, 1 box with housewares, 2 boxes with books and 1 box with wall decor. I performed Jakikiri Joka Ho on all 6 boxes at once, took 1 photo…. DONE with even less resistance, no remorse  and bit of delight!

I still have too much stuff, but the letting go is getting easier:-)

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Another Man’s Treasure

Another's TreasureThe signs are working.  The proof is in the trips to the thrift shoppe, the many bags put out for garbage collection and the car load ready to be delivered to its rightful owner(my daughter).

Today as I snapped my pics and performed Jakikiri Joka Ho on the items, I started to feel bad about dumping my stuff on someone else.  I began to wonder if I should just throw it all out???  Perhaps my stuff didn’t have any value to others???  Perhaps I had just attached too much value to these things that I no longer USED???  Perhaps my things never had any value???  Perhaps giving them to another was a burden instead of a gift???

Then I realized that I was being judgemental. I reminded myself that it wasn’t my place to judge EVER. I should not judge the value of an item to another. Afterall,  that would be judging them as well as the item. That would be unfair to all. So I finished up my Reiki, had my husband pack up the SUV and headed to the thrift shoppe one more time.

Funny thing….. as my husband was unloading the SUV, the man at the collection site said to my husband, “Boy you sure are giving away a lot of good stuff!”. So much for all my worrying.

Don’t be afraid to let go.  You may be holding on to another man’s treasure:-)

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As Promised

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As promised, today I went back to the Family Thrift Shoppe with the Nordic Track, linens, housewares, TVs, a couple bags of clothing, a rug and a framed print. The man at the dock happily accepted my offering. Which is important to me because I don’t want to dump on someone else!

There were NO parking places at the thrift shoppe. I was taken aback by how many people were coming and going happily toting their purchases. There is a NEED out there.

It makes me feel good knowing that my stuff is in a better place. That puts me in a better place too!

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Options

Choices, choices, choices!…..eBay, Craig’s List, Donation Dumpsters, Purple Heart, Salvation Army, Big Brothers Big Sisters, Vets, Good Will….The options to unload are bountiful. I researched on the internet who took what, when and where. It is overwhelming!  The truth is it doesn’t matter to who or where the stuff ends up.  It just has to GO without expectation or attachment, and the sooner it departs the better.

So today I called the closest place to my home, Family Thrift Shoppes. I talked to the sweetest woman with sore old feet just like me.  She too has stuff that she just doesn’t use anymore.  She too wonders why the heck she ever bought stuff in the first place.  She too had out lived her exercise equipment.  She made me feel good about letting go of my stuff.  She said they sell stuff so cheap that someone would buy it. She said they take everything but large appliances and ratty upholstered furniture! So I packed up the Yukon and dropped my first load off.  Easy!

Next trip….the Nordic Track Skier.

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