Last week was a big office overhaul week at Casa Cassidy. Huge. As in, I found a box with items marked "To Be Filed" that was several years old. Apparently it had been in need of filing last time we moved and had accidentally been packed by the movers. I got to use my lovely new shredder for most of the contents. (I have a wee crush on my new shredder - shreds 12 sheets at a time and doesn't jam - LOVE it!)
It was also a week of gratitude and paying it forward for me as a result of said office overhaul. It's nice how when your Five are just a normal part of your life, you recognize the small things you can do along the way to make an impact. My successes this week aren't monumental (as is often the case) but they made me feel good knowing I was making a small contribution to my Five.
1. Commit to a life of gratitude
As part of my office clearing project last week, I came across an old cell phone that I'd been meaning to dispose of but needed to research how to do so safely (in keeping with the Living a Greener Life part of my Five).
But when I unearthed it again last week, I decided to use it as an opportunity to show my gratitude instead. I mailed it to the Cell Phones for Soldiers project which recycles the cell phones and, with the money it generates, provides calling cards for soldiers overseas. Not earth-shattering by any measure, but will it make a difference to one soldier and his or her loved ones? I hope so.
2. Pay it forward in ways that are meaningful to me
My office project spilled over into other areas of my life as well. I've been trying to cull the things from our closets that no longer fit or aren't appropriate for us anymore and, as FlyLady says, "let them bless someone else". I put together a huge bag of clothing and donated it to our local Goodwill store.
I typically do this several times a year, but for some reason I've had the things for this bag sitting there waiting to be donated since early 2009. And the Goodwill store is just around the corner from us. Doesn't it seem like I could've bundled it up and dropped it off a long time ago?
Yeah, that's what I was thinking too.
So instead of letting it sit there any longer, I got it sent off so it can find homes with people who can use it. And I vow to get back to doing quarterly donations so there's a nice flow-through of items in our home. I may not make it to Alyson's level of donating something everytime I bring something new in, but donating quarterly like I used to should be an easy habit to fall back into. With a little timely reminder, of course. :-)
So that's how I'm living my Five. Now it's your turn, Honorary Fivers... how did you do on your Five? There's no such thing as progress too big or too small to cheer about!
Are you ready to Live Your Five?