How was your day?
Aren’t we all glad that it’s Friday and we can finally let down our hair and put up our feet? Phew! Thank God for weekends and the gift of rest.
Welcome to day 3 of the 30 Days of Gratitude challenge!
Day 3: Donate Items You No Longer Need
Beyond just giving thanks, gratitude makes you conscious of what you have instead of only focusing on what you don’t have. It’s easy to stress ourselves trying to get a new pair of shoes while forgetting the 20 pairs we already have in our closets. Today’s prompt is a good call to go through your stuff and see the things you don’t need anymore. Some experts recommend letting go of things you haven’t used in the last 6 months. But if you struggle with sentimental attachments to stuff (like me), you can take this process gradually. Start with the outfits you don’t like or don’t feel great wearing. Then see how light it feels to have a decluttered closet. Once you keep going, you will begin to feel lighter, freer, and more grateful that you could help others who have less than you do.
Remind yourself that you have a lot to be grateful for. Take a stock of your belongings. Notice those things you once prayed to have, that you now have and probably don’t even use as much. Just take the time to be grateful for everything you own. And take a step further to give another person a reason to be grateful. Donate to the goodwill/welfare unit in your church or to orphanage homes, charities, the homeless etc. There are so many options to choose from.
I’m grateful for the privilege to donate items to my local church frequently. It’s a habit my sister taught me. While I may want to cling to items that no longer serve me, she’s always quick to remind me to give out and make room for the more I desire. I hope you find this post as that needed push to let go and make room for new things. Also, remember to give respectfully. Everyone deserves nice things, so don’t reserve the torn and miserable items for charity.
To ease another’s heartache is to forget one’s own.Abraham Lincoln
When we give cheerfully and accept gratefully, everyone is blessed.Maya Angelou
It’s your turn. Use this weekend to declutter and donate items you no longer need.