Not too long ago I was digging through some boxes in the garage. As I was going through, I came across some old German literature books and class material in written in German. It was so fun to look at and I immediately wanted to pull it out and bring it in the house. I was so excited.
But I stopped and thought about it. First of all, this was not what I was out in the garage for. I was looking for something specific items and not for old German manuscripts. I had to stay on task even through I really, really wanted to look at them.
Later in the day I was thinking about those German papers. Having had a little time to think about them, I realized four things.
1. Tose papers had been in storage for about 10 years.
2. I didn’t even know they were even there.
3. I was, in all reality, never, ever going to be able to read through them the way that I used to
4. That was then. German language, while still an interest of mine, does not currently define who I am now and where I am headed.
Still, I was extremely emotional about just recycling them and having them be gone forever.
Then I remembered a time when I was at my friend’s house and she had given an item to a little girl who was visiting. I commented on how nice that was that she gave the girl that gift. Her response was brilliant. “She will get much more enjoyment out of it then I ever will”. Perfect. I will give those German papers to my dad and when he is finished with them he can toss them. That gets me off the hook of having to physically put them in the recycle bin.
When letting go of something is emotionally difficult, can you gift it to someone who will get more enjoyment from it that you will? Perhaps the way to gently let the item go is to find it a new home and tell the recipient that when they are done or tire of it, it’s ok to let it go. You don’t want it back.
It’s ok to let things move on to a new place. Its part of your journey from then to now and forward.
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