Passing Things Along

Shopping for bargains comes easily to me. I am, after all, a salvage man’s daughter. What doesn’t come easy (also thanks to my father) is letting go of purchases when it’s time to send them on to another home. It helps to know that, when I do give up something I haven’t worn in a long time but have been struggling to part with, it often becomes the very thing that will make another person smile. Like the time I parted with a pink leather jacket that I really liked, but rarely wore. It went to a single mom who I regularly sent clothes to. Because of her limited income, she would never splurge on something so unpractical. And when I gave it to her, she smiled and said: “I’ve been waiting for you to pass that along.”

Her words taught me a lesson that will never go out of style. They reminded me that my someday could be another person’s everyday. They also convinced me to go against my nature and commit to following the one-in-one-out rule every time I bring a new item into my closet. If you are struggling to do the same, it helps to remember that you may not be the best person for your possessions. And when you let go of something good, it opens the door for God to do something great by working through you to reach out to others.