There was a giant in my inbox. He has been purged. I finally took care of all those little issues that seemed so easy to procrastinate, such as replacing the stolen stickers from our license plates, mailing off for a free cookbook, registering warranty info, canceling credit card accounts, etc. The inbox really is not very big, just a standard paper catcher type inbox, but it can sure stack up quick. It is so easy for me to throw anything in there that I really don’t want to deal with at the moment. It truly took most of the week to deal with its vast and time consuming issues. Even though this job is done, I am feeling frustrated.
While we were traveling this month, I continued to purge. The whole family purchased nothing frivolous just for souvenir’s sake. The trash and extra baggage were weeded out daily. All was well. Keeping the stuff out while traveling was easy because I had a smaller inventory to manage. All seemed light and good. I realize now why I am so frustrated this week. I am once again facing the giant in my basement, and he is big and ugly.
While dealing with some of these smaller issues from the inbox this week, we had to find some things in the basement. My husband commented that it seems like its getting worse down there instead of better. He’s right. I’m not putting things away properly because there is a large pile that really has no home. The large pile is full of things that I plan on selling. As visions of dollar signs dance in my head, a reality is setting in. These items have become a burden. I have not taken the time to deal with them and I know many families that would be blessed by a free gift of good books and toys. It’s time for me to haul that pile out of the dungeon. It’s time to let go.
There has been another giant looming in our home. He is heavy and weighs on our every thought. He looms with every phone call. It is the season for this particular giant. We invited him in. He is the giant of caring and concern, of love and grief. I am praying now that this giant becomes joyous and skips away as our family member chooses healing. Since there is really nothing else we can do, we sit and hold hands with this great and gentle giant. He is large, but strangely comforting.