We had a wonderful Christmas Day. It was an orthodox celebration.
In sharp contrast Boxing Day was very unorthodox. We had an ‘Unboxing Day’.
It was meant to be the unboxing of things we’d packed away for safe keeping at our old place on the Sunshine Coast six years earlier when we moved to the Gold Coast.
Regrettably, the boxes, along with most of their contents, literally disintegrated the instant we touched them. Termites! Often called the ‘silent destroyers’ because they may be secretly hiding and thriving in your home, yard or ‘stuff’ without any immediate signs of damage. So, rather than bringing treasured items back home to the Gold Coast, we took two trailer loads of treasured items to the dump!
What wasn’t completely eaten was completely ruined.
Our ‘Unboxing Day’ experience was a vivid reminder of Jesus words in
Matthew 6. 19-21
“Don’t hoard treasure down here where it gets eaten by moths and corroded by rust or—worse! - stolen by burglars.
Stockpile treasure in Heaven, where it’s safe from moth and rust and burglars. It’s obvious, isn’t it? The place where your treasure is, is the place you will most want to be, and end up being.
We didn’t bring any treasure home. What we did bring home was resolve.
We invested the next eight days in stocktaking, reviewing and assessing life in general and possessions in particular.
Stockpiling is a pandemic. Stocktaking is a remedy.
For us the remedy entailed moving and removing stuff.
More than de-cluttering, stocktaking is an appraisal of resources and potentialities.
Does it add value?
Does it bring joy?
Click here to find out how to Take Stock During Transitions of Life
On the 23rd January we added a new experience.
The one described in Matthew 6, as worse than having your treasure eaten away or corroded away. - Having your treasure taken away, stolen by burglars.
Our home was broken into and we were robbed!
People have asked me if they took anything precious.
The simple answer is, no.
They took things that are ‘valuable’.
Some things they took are ‘irreplaceable’ but not precious.
- Life is precious. Loved ones are precious. They didn’t take a life or a loved one.
All they got was ‘stuff’.
We regret the loss of some photographs stored on laptops and cameras.
But even photos are stuff.
The good news is, we own the experiences that were captured in those pictures.
No one can take those experiences from us.
Not even loss of memory can take away the experiences.
Experiences can be shared and repeated.
So here’s our little take away, ‘Own the experience, not the stuff.’
Tweaking the New Year
Here’s a ‘micro adjustment,’ a small change, a tweak for the start of the New Year.
It will require very little time, effort, or resources but could result in a positive ‘macro” life change.
Do your own personal stock take.
Review and assess your life in general, and your possessions in particular.
If you must stockpile, make sure it’s where it’s safe from moths, termites, rust and burglars.
Choose Joy :)