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Subject:  Re: Kinda good news I guess Date:  11/12/2012  6:03 PM
Author:  yeilBagheera Number:  35980 of 37114

I applaud you for checking for the extra stuff. I'm sure you've found enough to make the donation a valuable action this week/month.
and it's great that you have clean, comfortable spaces.

Now about that sense that there might be more to give away:
sometimes it helps me to consider if there are things that I have stacked up as though I am going to get to them soon. I remember taking several months to realize that I won't be making another quilt, so I don't need patterns or fabric. (and the quilting circle that works on coverlets for foster children was happy to accept my fabric).

A book that has stuck with me is from 1980 by Doris Janzen Longacre
"Living More with Less is a very practical book about living simply and being less attached to wealth and material possessions. It is full of hundreds of small and workable suggestions for making do"
(form my public library).
One of the stories was a person who was in India (as a church volunteer). She was living in the south and has switched to wearing a sari for comfort. A young woman received a chance to move north and work. She and her family couldn't afford new clothes. The American woman was happy to give the young woman a western, business outfit. Then she spent a couple of days in prayer about giving the young woman her second outfit. Writing about it afterwards, the American says I was right to give both and marvel now at how long I pondered the decision.
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