the magic of giving away my stuff

Billy Graham said, “I never saw a U-Haul behind a hearse.”

Our church is having a sidewalk sale. I’ve been putting up flyers for it around Pine Level and Selma, so if you want to come, it’s Saturday, September 17 from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, 218 South Second Street in Smithfield, North Carolina. The parish did a similar sale a few years ago, and I hear it was a big success. 0903161153_resizedRecently I read “the life-changing magic of tidying up” by marie kondo. I’m taking her advice to get rid of the things that no longer bring me joy by donating them to the sale. I won’t miss the college-size refrigerator, hardly used. Or the cake mixer, the jewelry box, the picture frames, the “home accents,” the holiday decorations, the record albums, videos and CDs or the dozens of china plates with trains on them.


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It’s a win-win. Others will find my joy priced to sell. The church will take in money to spread joy with its ministries. I will move forward, light, free and joy-filled.

sidewalk saleP.S. – Recently I volunteered for the afternoon at The Goodwill Community Foundation in Durham, North Carolina. The day I helped out, they needed volunteers to pick okra in their vast community garden to be shared with local food banks, they needed volunteers to put together school supplies and backpacks for children, and they needed volunteers to sort donated goods to be sold at their stores in eastern North Carolina. If you’re looking for a place to donate your time, they need you! Check out GCF’s work at:

Volunteers sorting school supplies at Goodwill Community Foundation in Durham.

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