Mom, I broke a plate...

The other day, my daughter timidly informed me that she had broken a plate while preparing lunch. "I'm so sorry mom! I broke a plate, but I cleaned up everything." "Are you hurt!?" I exclaimed. "No, I just got a little cut." "Good! Then don't worry about it." I replied calmly.

In the past, I may have been a little annoyed at broken dishes. I wouldn't have made a big deal of it, it's just a plate. But I would've probably been annoyed.

My first thought after confirming that my daughter wasn't hurt was "Woohoo! One less thing I'll need to pack up for when we move!" It was an excuse to easily get rid of another item in my home. It was broken. Not that I need an excuse. Desiring a clutter-free home is a good enough reason. This was just unexpected help. No guilt at all in getting rid of a broken plate.

The same kind of feeling came over me when I had to throw away my black jean capris a few weeks ago. They were really comfortable. I liked wearing them, even though they were starting to look a little worn. However, when I put them on the last time, I noticed major discolouration. I think it may have happened in the last wash when I was trying to remove a stain. I was disappointed. Regardless, I immediately took them off and threw them away. They can be replaced. I don't need to hold on to them even though they were one of my favourite items of clothing.

See... freedom! Once you start seeing things as only things, it's no big deal. You can easily let go when you need to. Sure, it might be a little annoying or disappointing. But it's still no big deal.

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  1. "See... freedom! Once you start seeing things as only things, it's no big deal. You can easily let go when you need to." - Well stated.

    "My first thought after confirming that my daughter wasn't hurt was "Woohoo! One less thing I'll need to pack up for when we move!" - That's a great way to think Dominique and I'm sure your daughter was relieved as well. A win win :)

    Take care and all the best.

    Lyle

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