Leave Here Empty
One day you're going to feel your heart stop beating in your chest. The sooner you get over any denial of this, the better.
You had a fulfilling career, the wife of your youth, a few kids, several grand kids, a globe trotting retirement, some close friends, and 3000 square feet of possessions your dear loved ones have no idea what to do with.
What Your Family Will Need To Accomplish
There is the initial shock, the funeral, the will, the placing of the home on the market, and then the bittersweet job of emptying a life of its possessions. There isn't infinite time to go through each individual item. The house needs to be sold, grief needs to be dealt with, and the relatives need to go back to work and their normal routine. Unfortunately, every item for them is attached to a memory, making it difficult to sometimes even look at items, let alone get rid of them. They feel guilty throwing away things that were meaningful to you, it's like throwing way YOU. Your possessions are all they have left of you.
The sad reality is that most of your possessions will end up in a dumpster or a thrift store. Your lifetime's accumulations, gone. To all the minimalists that own 100 things out there: your family will appreciate their ability to celebrate your life without having to MOVE it.
Something To Think About
If you died today does your family have access to the paperwork to shut down your credit cards and subscriptions, pay your mortgage, cancel the gardener and pool guy? Do they know where to find all of your deposit boxes, proof of time share ownership, bank accounts, stock accounts and certificates? Losing you is hard enough, let alone heaping all these other responsibilities on them.
Why not enjoy giving away your possessions now, in the present, where you can watch your things bring joy to others. That extra couch could help a single mother, those extra vases could decorate a children's hospital, your grand kids could enjoy serving you dinner on your heir loom china. Why not allow someone to enjoy your things while you're still living.
Naked you come into this world and naked you will leave, so why leave baggage for someone else to take responsibility for? Start a revolution, leave here naked, being remembered for being generous.
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