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Friday, March 23, 2012

Contents of a Life

I received my purse back in the mail today.  This was both good and bad.  I won't go into much detail.

When I opened my billfold, the only thing that remained was my temple recommend.  Other items that were originally in there were scattered in other places in the purse itself and a few were missing.  The recommend looked so lonely but so triumphant there with all of those empty pockets.  Really somewhat symbolic.  I mean, really, what matters in life?  Not all the stuff, I can tell you that, but it's the place I'm working on getting that matters.  It's the things that are helping me get there.

At a party once, we played a game where we each dumped out our purses and shared what we had.  It was extremely eye opening.  One woman had breath mints and gum of all sorts and varieties.  Another had receipts in envelopes.  Yet another had swatches of material and paint samples.  It was fascinating to see how each of these things somehow symbolized the woman's life at that point in time and what was important to her.

I have wondered how the stranger that had my purse conceptualized me as he/she emptied the contents.  What did he/she think when eight medical insurance cards, an inhaler and an LDS temple recommend were unearthed?

Just wondering if you've ever thought about that.  What does your purse/wallet say about you?


lia london, author and writing coach said...

Actually, as horrible as was the experience, I think it is incredibly cool that only your temple recommend remained. It really IS the only thing that matters. With all else stripped away, you are worthy before the Lord. You don't need any of that in the Last Day.

Again, I'm sorry all that happened with your purse. I really hope it all gets sorted with no long term hassles. Love to you!

vaxhacker said...

I hadn't really thought about it until last year when I dumped out mine and took a photo of it for my blog (doing that 30-day thing you started). I'm pretty sure what it says about me (*snerk*... GEEK! NERD!)

Ahem. Anyway, it would be interesting to know what impression someone would have of you if they came across you or your things, and only had your immediate possessions to form that opinion? Or if they came into your house?

I like the symbolism, too, of the items relating to faith and family being what is truly important compared to the mundane things and money and such. We need them all to get by, but in the end, some are infinitely more important than others.

Alyson said...

I find it fascinating that someone bothered to send whatever they sent, back to you. I guess we have to give props to an "honest crook". I still hope that using the cards or whatever yields fruitful clues.

Julie said...

The purse smelled like garbage, so I think whoever it was threw it in the trash and someone discovered it and was kind enough to spend the $8 to send it back to me. I, too, am hopeful that they will find whoever did it. I wish I knew who sent it to thank them for doing that for me. It was just nice to know what they still have and might use.

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