Yesterday we handed the keys to our home of twenty years to the Robinson family - Dad - serving our country at Fort Benning, Mom - serving our community as a nurse at a local hospital, and two adorable young girls. We hope this home will be as wonderful for them as it was for us.
In preparation for moving out of our home we contacted Silver Service to manage selling the things we couldn't or wouldn't use in our new downsized home three hours away. I took what I wanted to storage and left the rest for them. I ended up leaving two rooms full of stuff, so much stuff - clothes, dishes, books, art, knickknacks and just stuff, so much stuff. We also left a good bit of furniture for them to sell. I thought we had a lot but Emily said they needed to add more - so much more. And, they did. Click here to see a FULL house!
Under Richard's incredible supervision and impeccable eye for style our house was transformed into a showroom. A showroom more than 2,000 people visited in a short three-day period. They sold it all. Every bit. And they made us a good bit of money in the process. They get a commission and they deserve every bit of it - probably more. On Monday, the house was empty and clean. I've never witnessed anything like the Silver Service team at work.
Allowing my things to be on display - some of them treasures that I have enjoyed for many years, some of them things forgotten in the back of a closet until now - but all of them things that I had to let go - was an experience. I did not cry, I did not change my mind. I let it go. I let it go. I am so glad that I did. The feeling is difficult to describe but suffice it to say it is a wonderful feeling - no sadness, no regret - just contentment and satisfaction that I let it go. This week at school our memory verse was from Luke 12:15: Then he said to them, “Watch out! Be on your guard against all kinds of greed; life does not consist in an abundance of possessions.” How appropriate a reminder that life is about relationships and people - not things. If you want to have this good feeling too, call Silver Service. It will be one of the best calls you will ever make.