How can Exhaustion result in Gratitude?

Today was the Garage Sale.  

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For the past week, my children and I have worked diligently to prepare for the sale. We made decisions about what stays and what goes resulting in a lot of sorting, purging and boxing up.

Thursday and Friday evening, we had help moving the large items to the garage so it would be easier to put things out today for the sale. It was really fun to watch the way the men moved items they thought were light only to realize they needed help.  It was fun to hear their banter when things didn’t quite go the way they wanted them to.

After Thursday, my children and I were sore. Although I couldn’t sleep right away.  Partly because I needed to write this blog and partly because I was too wired.  My mind just wouldn’t shut off!

After Friday, we were exhausted.  Yet we knew we would have another day to work just as hard, if not harder.  And…we wouldn’t have my sons help.  One son would be at work and the other would be at a mechanics competition taking pictures of his team members and the other contestants.

So Saturday came, and the crew arrived to help.  I was still tired but I knew I had to get to work anyway.

The last of the large items were taken out and we starting setting items out for sale.  Cars began driving by prior to us being ready but the crew took over and made it happen.

My job?  Stay out of the pricing and just keep looking at what we had to determine if there was anything else that needed to go out.

When three o’clock came around, we had sold about 1/2 of the items and had packed the rest back into the garage.  I went off to my appointment and the crew went off to theirs.

Now that I am home, I feel total exhaustion but total gratitude.

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Gratitude for a number of blessings:  The help of old and new friends, donations that came in both in items to sell as well as monetary donations, the number of items that sold, and the help of my children.


We have been through a lot but they have grown so much and they have helped so much. All of us are in complete exhaustion but the gratitude flows. We will still need to have another sale next week but the number of great items is still plenty and I believe we can move the rest just as well.

The gratitude I feel completely makes up for the lack of energy, the legs that throb, the knees that want to buckle, in other words…exhaustion.

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