Never, Ever Give Up

Clump #34: Shred Neglected Bag O’ Shreddables.

For those wondering why I have been posting at a higher frequency than usual, I am beginning a 30-Day–30 Clumps–30 Posts challenge for the month of September.  Can I really do it?  Tune in and see!

I was going over to a friend’s house today and thinking of the phrase “nose to the grindstone.”  It’s how you get to feel in September.  The back-to-school imperative.  And I realized I was walking over a grindstone, or millstone, at the bottom of their stairway.  I love this stairway:

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Back to work.  From this vantage point, the pile of paper doesn’t look so foreboding.   I weighed it.  It was four pounds of receipts and other sensitive-information stuff.  Our parents’ generation never had to worry about this kind of thing.

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It didn’t even take that long to shred, given time-outs for a paper jam (over-eager) and the shredder’s motor overheating. The job accomplished two things: first, making a dent the paper jungle — our worst clutter problem — and also, keeping a loud, steady noise going in the way-too-quiet, empty house.

Lo and behold, another bag of already-shredded of paper sat nearby, waiting to be recycled.  Here’s the after picture, a combination of the two.

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Ready for the recycling truck.  Note that bad old suitcase of yesterday’s post kicked to the curb.

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I was inspired by the story on the front page of today’s Philadelphia Inquirer.  Endurance swimmer, 64-year old Diane Nyad, became the first person to swim from Cuba to Florida, approximately 110 miles, without the help of a shark cage.  It was her fifth attempt.

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“I have three messages,” she said,  “One is, we should never, ever give up.  Two is, you’re never too old to chase your dream.  Three is, it looks like a solitary sport, but it is a team.”

I would like to take a moment to thank my older daughter and my blogging mentor, Jane — my team — for their steadfast encouragement.  They have so often rescued me from the sharks and jellyfish of my inner demons and kept me on track.

Jane’s blog is myownpersonalsky.wordpress.org