Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Leaving MsTioga behind

Readers have written about feeling sad for me because I had to leave MsTioga behind. It's true! I did have to leave MsTioga in a Bakersfield, California towing yard. Not only was MsTioga left in that towing yard, but pretty near everything that I possessed was left in that towing yard as well.

When the ambulance took me away from that field alongside Interstate #5, all that I had were the clothes on my back, my wallet and iPhone. Thank God that I had my wallet and iPhone!

Maybe it seems strange, but I did not feel sad about losing all of my stuff. However, I had a lot more than "stuff" to concern myself. I had a bad heart. And with my upcoming open heart surgery, I had no way to attend to MsTioga and all the things of mine inside her.

Several days after my open heart surgery, I was released from the hospital. I then made the decision to do my initial recovery in a Bakersfield hotel room. In that hotel room I had only one responsibility. I had to rest and take care of myself.

You may recall that after a few days staying in that hotel recovering, I used a taxi to take me back to see MsTioga. But I had no ability to rescue all of the stuff inside MsTioga. In my post operation condition, how could I do that rescue?

As the days passed, I was amazed to find out that leaving all my stuff behind was not so tough on me. After all, everything that I left behind was only stuff. MsTioga was dead. No use grieving over her.

And then it came to me that I had a fantastic opportunity ahead in my life. A chance to remake myself in a whole new life. Unencumbered by any stuff from my old life. Wow! Pretty neat, huh?


23 comments:

  1. I absolutely adore you, George .... good morning and right on! ;)

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  2. George, you continue to inspire your readers every day. Another new chapter in your life has opened doors for your new life and has allowed us to join the adventure again. This is good news, indeed. Thank you

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  3. Yes pretty neat and inspiring for all of us!

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  4. An admirable attitude which will serve you well.

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  5. It's just 'stuff' George. No grieving necessary. When we leave this life we don't even take our bones/body...it's gone and so are all the 'stuff' we collected. You did well to just rest and heal yourself for a new life without Ms. Tioga :-)

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  6. were you able to rescue your computer(s) from the wreck. may be a silly question as you are blogging but . . . .

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  7. You nailed it. It's just "stuff". Best to let it go. Hope you are enjoying your days.

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  8. I'd want some of my things. Computer, MP3 player, blankets, pillows, duvet - there are many things I'd want. I could probably fit them all in the trunk and back seat of a car, but they would be the things I really liked and didn't want to have to replace.

    When I left my condo, though, I took very little and never looked back. A fresh start - so that's probably how you are feeling. It might be kind of nice to just buy things as you need them. Still living small with only what you really need and want. :)

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  9. That is a great way to look at your situation. Looking forward and not backward. Great idea. Much luck in the future.

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  10. We so often miss seeing what the present has to offer cause we're so busy looking back or dragging the past with us. Keep looking forward as every day is a unique possibility.

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  11. Much of your stuff has monetary value, especially tools. And Tioga certainly has salvage value. Is it going tp used to pay towing fees, or is the salvage yard just going to sell it off leaving you with no $$?

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  12. There's the old George!! Sounds just like you did before all the tragedy of the past years. I am soooooo glad to hear you sounding so positive and upbeat again.

    Take care - can't wait to see what happens now

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  13. George, I am so proud of you! I don't comment often, but I read about your adventures! But I was darned happy to read that last sentence, I just had to let you know that I am so very proud of you!

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  14. Wow! Great attitude, George!

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  15. Way to go George. You have the right attitude to take you in a new direction. Glad to hear from you again

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  16. Once we grasp that concept, life becomes so much more simple.

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  17. Great outlook George....we come into this life with nothing and we will leave in the same manner. "Stuff" is just that..."things" which we have but never really "possess." Materialism controls many souls in the world. Good to be one of the people with "stuff" as a low priority.

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  18. It is just stuff, and a positive attitude will carry you a long way.

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  19. George, having a new beginning is exciting. Embrace your new life. Things can be replaced but you are one in a million my friend.

    Sheila

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  20. Hi George - We met you last year at Hacienda Contreras, with Mary-Pat and Kevin & Ruth. Sorry to hear about Ms Tioga. However, you are a very inspirational man and we will continue to follow along with you.

    ...a chance to remake myself in a whole new life!! Way to go!!! You rock!!

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  21. Way to go George. Happy you are doing so well. I love your soccer chair.
    your friend, Linda

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  22. George, it's been said that GOD never closes one door without opening another.
    Paul in Florida

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