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By September 7, 2015 4 Comments

Think of an ordinary house on an ordinary street.

Think of a kind and generous older man living there.

Imagine hundreds of black trash bags full of stuff in every room of that house.

Now imagine being surrounded by those bags 24/7.

Each day filled with frustration, loneliness, and despair.

Each night filled with disappointment.


I stepped into that world this summer as part of an organizing support team.  And I am thankful to report that a compassionate team of workers—consisting of  friends, family, social workers, counselors, junk haulers, and professional organizers—were able to work together to sort, relocate, donate, sell, haul away, or trash all the items in those bags.

The house was cleaned, organized, and refreshed.

The man was filled with hope.

Here are the treasures I discovered while working with this team:

  1. It takes courage to ask for help.
  2. Living in the past is really not very much fun.
  3. Making decisions is the key to change.

I am reminded of a quote by Helen Keller:



Now, whenever I see a black trash bag, I will remember a courageous man!


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