Too much stuff! In 2011 let’s donate, recyle …

By William S. Coleman III

Everybody just stop and take a minute and inventory everything you have. Now I’m talking about shoes, shirts, dresses, coats, plates, your cups, kitchen gadgets, furniture, combs, brushes, TV’s, typewriters, computers, videotapes, CD’s , DVD’s, old LP’s, sneakers, rotted food in your refrigerator, telephones, fax machines, old love letters, underwear, toothbrushes, books, radios, air conditioners that don’t work, tires, stuff in garage or attic, unused medications, old batteries, pens, pencils, kids (just kidding), empty plastic bottles, lawnmowers, newspapers, socks, slippers, canned goods in our cupboards, too many sins on your soul, too many pocketbooks, too many receipts, too many tools, too many bad memories, too many broken hearts, too many thoughts of woulda, coulda, shoulda, too many regrets, too many missed opportunities.

We’ve all got too much stuff!

During this time of year think about lightening your load. Let’s get rid of the stuff we don’t need and see if we can’t recycle it to someone who could really use it. If you have extra shoes or skirts or clothing – or even sofas – call the Goodwill. They will gladly accept your gently used items. The money they make from selling your stuff goes to help train people for jobs in the health and finance industry. The Goodwill programs are great! They save lives!

We should all recycle is our emotions! When you recycle your emotions, you get rid of the bad thoughts that keep you down and you must remind yourself that you are a good person and that you still have a lot to contribute.

Start thinking of January 2011 as a new beginning for life. Start being the person you really want to be. Plan on taking a vacation or a cruise or just taking a country ride. Visit some place you have never been even if it’s only some breakfast spot two towns away from where you live. Just do something different. If we continue to do the same things in our daily lives nothing will ever change.

I would be remiss if I did not take this opportunity to encourage folks to volunteer in your community, at your church, at the public library, at the art museum, at your children’s school or serve on a Board or Commission for the City of Worcester. There will be two openings on the Board of Trustees for the Worcester Public Library. These positions are voted on by the Worcester City Council; you must submit a letter of interest and resume to Worcester City Clerk, the Honorable and Esteemed David Rushford. You must lobby the City Council to consider voting for you.

Just do something to help yourself, do something to make you smile. If you feel good about who you are then you can help others feel better about them.

You may have heard this before: Love You Neighbor as You Love Yourself. Oh, I forgot to mention there’s too much evil in this world and not enough love. So do what you can to make this a better place. Get rid of old habits that don’t contribute to your well being. Let’s all work together to make earth a place we can all be proud of and Pray for Peace on Earth. Pray for a return of all the men and women proudly wearing the uniform of the United States of America, that they come home safely to their families and are appreciated by all of us for the contribution and sacrifice they have made. May the Highest Power of Universe embrace you with Love and Grace.

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