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Senior Moments: Downsizing can be fulfilling

Emma Edwards
By Emma Edwards, Thursday, November 8, 2018

The word “downsize” has been around only since about 1975. A common definition is “to reduce in size, especially to design or produce in a smaller size.”

In my desire to lose weight, when someone asks me how I am, I could just say “Fine, I am downsizing.”

The many dictionaries I have at my fingertips don’t say anything about using the word to describe my weight. However, downsizing can be so much fun! It can be more exhilarating than lots of other things. And I’m not just speaking about weight.

There’s a more common definition of downsizing, which I find means simply to reduce not only in body but in substance and size.

This past week, I removed four garbage bags of items from my home and took them to my favorite thrift shop. In sorting out my “life’s possessions,” I try to use this method: If I haven’t used it or worn it for two years, no matter how much I like it, the item must go.

And, by the way, don’t underestimate the fun or appreciation a customer at the thrift store will have for your donation as well as the store’s management.

I’m sure that you, too, over the years have experienced helping family and friends “sort” the possessions of a loved one who has died. Sometimes, some of the person’s adult “children” stand by and scoff at what their parent thought precious or meaningful because they’d saved it so many years. That’s part and parcel what keeps our thrift stores in business. So many benefit when we downsize, including ourselves.

Could it be time for you and I to do some intensely fun sorting? Maybe even deep sorting.

Even after removing four bags I have many shelves and areas that still are full. It makes me think about a verse in the Bible, Luke 12:15, that says “for one’s life does not consist in the abundance of one’s possessions.”

Another verse in the same chapter: “Sell your possessions, and give to the needy.”

Yet another, which equally spurs me to downsize, is Matthew 6:19-21: “Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth” and it tells us where our treasure should be found.

To sum up, I’ll quote from a Beatles song: “My life is getting better every day.”

Don’t let our frequent angst (worries) keep us idle. When you get projects accomplished, you will, indeed, find your life getting better every day.

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