As our family prepares to move, we’ve have had the opportunity to look at each item and evaluate it’s worth. Is it something we should bring with us, donate or is it beyond use for anyone and should just be thrown away?
Sometimes it is difficult to evaluate something’s worth or value. For example, the gold rimmed plate that has moved from basement shelf to basement shelf since I was 12. Really? Do I need to box that up so that I can put it on a shelf in Colorado where several years from now, I’ll look at it and remember a birthday dinner from age 10? Some of you may be cheering, “Keep it, keep it!” Others may be wondering why this didn’t make the donation pile years earlier.
A friend encouraged me to ask myself a simple question as I look at each item, “Is this precious?” If the answer is “No,” let it go. If the answer is “Yes,” take it with you. This seems like easy advice to follow, but when I have to ask myself, “What is precious?” I find myself having a difficult time defining it.
As I think of the families that have lost homes this week in Colorado Springs, I wonder what items they quickly deemed as “precious” as they were rushed to evacuate their homes.
What has become clear is that what is precious to me can’t be put in a box. (Although losing everything to fire would be devastating). The things being packed at my house are really just rust and dust.
After so many years of moving, it is interesting to see all that I have packed away that has gone untouched for nine years. Including hopes of scrapbooking with bins of photographs and scraps of ticket stubs.
“What is precious?” Even without a move, it’s a good question to ask. It impacts more than decisions about things, but also how I want to spend my time. Is it more precious to get the last of the grimy floor scrubbed and clean or to take ten minutes to jump on the trampoline with my daughter? Is it precious to be right on time to the next event or be willing to slow down and have an unhurried conversation with a lonely widow?
How can the question “What is precious?” impact your day and your choices in both material items and time choices?
By Heather Larson, speaker, author, and life coach at Bridgewell Coaching.