A Season Of GivingIn a little over a week, I will be traveling to the Asia Pacific. That means I will miss celebrating Christmas and New Year in US yet again. I will be gone for about 3 months so I need to have everything in order before I leave. That means spring cleaning comes a little early for me. I haven’t done a major spring cleaning in quite some time so this is perfect.

This year has been quite a ride for me. I’ve learned so much about myself this past year. One thing I learn about this universe is that everything comes in abundance. To me, in order to get more, I need to give more. And like everyone else, I have trouble leaving the past behind, especially in getting rid of things that possess significant sentimental value. I keep anything and everything because it meant a lot to me at one point or another.

But if I am holding on to every old memory, will I have a place for a new memory? I guess it’s time to say goodbye to the gifts, the presents, the shirt, the clock, the paintings, and everything else from the past that I am holding on to with an iron grip. It doesn’t mean I no longer treasure the memory. I just choose to remember it differently. I think the best place to hold a memory is in my heart, not in term of possession. And by giving it away to others who need it more, that memory will mean a lot more when someone else is sharing in on the memory.

A puppy doll I got from my ex-girlfriend in 1996 will make a little girl’s Christmas more cheerful. The suit I worn to my first ever job interview will witness a young entrepreneur raising million upon million of dollars from venture capitalists. My first ever TV, a used 18″ Sharp that I bought in 1995; 3 months after I moved to US, will show an episode of Grey’s Anatomy in someone else’s living room. My closet is a mess. There are so many clothes I haven’t worn in years. I still have a Blazer I bought in 1997 that I have never even worn once. I can’t believe I have so many clothes with the tag still intact. A brand new jeans that I have always wanted to have altered but somehow didn’t because I was too busy in the past 6 years (sarcasm.) Cool pants that looked good on me a few years ago when I tried them on but are probably too cool for me now. And there are countless others. Impulse shopping, as they say, is contagious.

So all these items are going to charity. I don’t have the need for it anymore for a simple reason I haven’t worn them at least once in the past year. Someone else could have a better use of it. It’s my obligation to make sure nothing is ever gone to waste.

What about you? How are you going to celebrate this holiday season? If it’s not already in the plan, I hope sharing with the less fortunate is part of the grand scheme. On behalf of “The Spirit of Giving”, thank you for your kind generosity.

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