Once upon a time, there was a little coffee table. It was small and inexpensive and it wasn't particularly beautiful.
After many years of use, it found itself in the back of a pick-up truck, heading to the dump. Along the way, the truck hit a bump in the road, and the little table bounced out of the truck and landed in the middle of a rural road.
Shortly thereafter, a young grad student on her way to school, found the forlorn table sitting upside down in the middle of the road. Feeling sorry for it, she scooped it up and placed it in the back of her compact car. Since the grad student was preparing to marry, she knew she could fix the little table and place it in her new home. Alas, on another day heading home from school, the grad student found a better table on the side of the road. A large, round pedestal coffee table that would be perfect for her new home. She forgot all about the little coffee table she had stored on her back deck.
Several months later, her mother (a professional organizer) was planning to throw the neglected little table into the trash pile. However, upon hearing about a needy young mother with no furniture, she decided to give the little table another chance. She carefully sanded down the old finish and applied a new finish. Her Hubs tightened the joints and secured the legs. The little table sparkled in the afternoon light of the Autumn day and rejoiced in the fact that it would soon have a new home with a family that needed it.
Indeed the little table did go to live with it's new family and enjoyed getting to know them. It's journey was long and uncertain at times, but it still had life left in it to share.
Do you ever feel like you don't have anything to give? Most people would say that the little table was trash and not useful anymore, but we know that it was in the right place at the right time for a reason - to be used.
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