Time for a clean out

My wallet got a lot lighter this morning.

I didn’t spend a lot of money or anything like that. (I’d have to have a lot of money in the first place to do that.) I simply cleared my wallet of excess paper.

I found a receipt from the parking area at Perth International Airport dated late last month, a couple of automatic teller machine receipts (very helpful if I want to know what was in our account at the start of December last year), a card telling me that I had an appointment 11 days ago (it’s alright, I had remembered and I did make it), assorted supermarket receipts and a few other bits and pieces.

I do clean out my wallet every now and then. By the date on the receipts, the last time I cleaned it out was early last month. How often do you clean out your wallet or purse. Are there lots of receipts and other bits and pieces that could do with throwing out? If you checked right now, what’s the oldest receipt you’d find in there?

After the big clean out I’m just left with the essentials. There’s a bunch of cards that range from credit cards to frequent shopper type cards for shops that I shop at very infrequently. There’s my frequent flyer card, which comes in handy every three years or so when I fly. I’ve also got a Medicare Card, a health insurance card as well as blood and organ donor cards. There’s even a very small amount of cash.

Then if I look really hard, there’s a small, tattered note that my daughter, Emily, wrote me some time back telling me that she loves me. At least there’s one thing of true value in there.

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Give blood – give life

It’s been around 3 months since I last gave an armful of blood so I’m now eligible to donate again.

I’ll be heading off early this afternoon to get hooked up and relieved of around 470 millilitres of the red stuff.

I’m not keen on needles but considering that I was once very close to someone who required donated blood on a regular basis, I reckon a couple of seconds of discomfort every few months is worth the effort. If you’ve never given blood before due to a fear of needles can I recommend that you go ahead and try it anyway? Your fear really can’t compare to the kind of anguish people face when donated blood isn’t available to save their lives.

I’m not posting this to say how great I am for donating but to remind you that it’s something worthwhile that you can do to help others. The Australian Red Cross Blood say that every donation of blood can save three lives.

Do you donate blood? I know that there are reasons preventing some from giving blood but can I encourage you to consider donating if you don’t already? It feels good to know that someone may be able to live a fuller life, recover from illness or even have their life saved because you’ve taken the time to do the right thing.

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