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a quote from my favorite author

“The most solid advice, though, for a writer is this, I think: Try to learn to breathe deeply, really to taste food when you eat, and when you sleep, really to sleep. Try as much as possible to be wholly alive, with all your might, and when you laugh, laugh like hell, and when you get angry, get good and angry. Try to be alive. You will be dead soon enough.”

-William Saroyan, The Daring Young Man on the Flying Trapeze

Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Good for the Soul


This weekend my husband, Mark, and I had a garage sale.  I love a good garage sale.  Garage sales are good for the soul. 

The garage sale allowed me to cleanse my life of material clutter—a much needed cleansing.

The garage sale meant we gave friends and neighbors an open invitation to come by and chat—something we apparently need to do more often, since we discovered we work in the same building as a neighbor of ours!

The garage sale made use of Mark’s assets from his past life as a clinical psychotherapist—his ability to connect with people, make them laugh, and cause them to feel immediately comfortable by holding brand new women’s clothing up in front of himself and asking, “Muy bonita, no?”

The garage sale reminded me how good it feels to recycle and repurpose—especially when I was able to sell my entire collection of Stampin’ Up stamps to a woman who returned to our sale after staying up late playing with the stamps she had purchased the previous day. 

The garage sale forced me to laugh at myself—I got the 25 dollar sticker confused with a 25 cent sticker, which made for some really pricey glitter. 

The garage sale pushed me to let go—sometimes it is just the right time to let go.

The garage sale made a team out of Mark and me—there was too much to do to for us to waste any time bickering.

The garage sale was good for my soul.

5 comments:

  1. I love that you filled your glass more than half full with your garage sale. What a great set of positives for the day. And a nice way to say it!

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  2. You just reminded me of my goal this year. I'm supposed to be paring down...me and our belongings!
    It sounds like you had a memorable garage sale. I would pass on the glitter though!

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  3. Loved the story of the Stampin’ Up stamps...garage sales are all about letting go (and not visiting other people's garage sales!).

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  4. Happy belated Birthday! What an interesting perspective on a garage sale. In Estonia people don't have garage sales.

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  5. We haven't had a garage sale for a couple years, but reading about yours makes me want to dig out the basement, purge closets, and reorganize cupboards. Then haul it all out to the garage and watch it walk away.

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