Shredding a life….


As I wrote a few weeks ago, we are moving house.   I have lived in my current residence for almost twenty years.  My two children were raised in this home; their father died here; and I remarried here.  If these walls could talk……

Thankfully the walls can’t talk, but I have mounds of evidence that I no longer need.  I am talking paper trails.  I have been the only constant in the house for twenty years, so it falls my lot to clean up the office.  I am ashamed to say that filing is not my strong suite.  I keep papers in a pile until it threatens to topple, then I head for the file drawers.  I would have bet that on average, I filed about once every six months.

As I am sitting amongst the papers, (manila folders, sharpie, and shredder close by) I am stunned at the dates on some of these documents.  And I haven’t even started to tell you about the backlog of papers in the file drawers.  I am proud to say that the earliest date I have for the papers on my desk was 2004.  I don’t know how I have papers that old in the ‘to file’ pile, but apparently my semiannual shred fest has not reached the bottom of the stack.

As l was pulling old papers from the file drawers, I am met with bank statements as early as 1988.  Why are these statements still in my possession?  For one thing, the bank is an English bank, and we have not lived in England since 1991. Secondly, just how long does one need to keep bank records?

I almost feel that I need to check into a self-help program for hoarders, but I am not hoarding.  On the flip side, I have found long forgotten treasures:  letters of recommendation, certificates of commendation for each of my children, evidence of the Tooth Fairy’s visits, and enough photos to cycle through ‘throw-back Thursdays’ for decades.

It has been quite an enjoyable trip down memory lane, while weeding out the minutia of our five lives.  The things that will not be making the move are the hospital bills from MD Anderson, the assorted bank records, utility bills, mortgage statements (from two houses ago), CVs, and seminar notes.  The love notes, scholarship awards, and photos made the cut, along with the hand full of little ‘chiclets’ that were at one time exchanged for quarters.

This shredding marathon has been exhausting, but the precious memories along the way make the trip worth it.

Until next time,

Dr. Polly

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About Polly Heil-Mealey, ND, P.Sc., HHP, M.Ed., C.C.I.

Dr. Polly Heil-Mealey is the Past-President of the International Iridology Practitioners Association (IIPA), as well as an IIPA Certified Iridologist with a Master’s Degree in Education, and a Naturopathic degree. She has been involved in education and Biblical health care since 1994. Dr. Polly has been active in both television and radio, presenting community service programs covering various topics. An international traveler, she gives seminars on alternative health practices, incorporating iridology and Biblical nutritional counseling. Dr. Polly now uses her expert ability to communicate vital and useful information to help her clients build or restore their health. One of Dr. Polly’s greatest passions is to see her clients restore their health through natural therapies. Every success story confirms the need for education in holistic practices. Dr. Polly brings a high level of dedication and commitment to her clientele. She has touched the lives of many with her concern and selfless devotion. The verse “My people perish for lack of knowledge,” is a scripture that touches every level of society. As clients learn and understand holistic protocols, they are able to improve their health drastically by incorporating diet and lifestyle changes. Dr. Polly is married to Stephen Hale, and together they have eight children. Both are very active in their church and serve on various boards in their community. Dr. Polly is also the director of Women’s Ministries of her church. Dr. Polly and Stephen reside in Humble, Texas.
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