For a Limited Time
We're holding a garage sale this weekend. I'm getting rid of several of my man toys from years back. The items include: my homebrewing kit, my stereo (vintage 1980's/1990's), my sports cards, and many of my albums, CD's and cassettes.
I am cleaning house, so to speak.
I have an attachment to all of this stuff; an unhealthy attachment. It is a link to my past in many respects and I am having a bit of a hard time releasing all of it at once. I don't know why I'm so attached to any of it, just a whole lot of memories. That accompanied by the fact that all of it is either in good shape, or at least still works, make it a little harder to let it go.
At the same time, I am surprising myself a little bit with how the voice of reason keeps coming into my head. I know some of it has to do with Rob's passing this past year. His illness showed me the importance of people more than things. As his wife said at one point, their whole life had come down to one room, his hospital room at Mayo. When I look at things from that perspective, that our time is short and we can take none of it with us, my fingers become easier to pry from some of the material possessions. In that sense, when I give/sell some of what I have, I get a sense of freedom.
This thinking carries into giving of yourself as well. I urge everyone to "lighten up" and downsize today. You'll be a better person for it, IMHO.