by Jay Hiller, March 18, 2023
I’m working steadily but slowly to reduce the amount of stuff in my home and life. Having seen two family members in the last 3 years spend enormous amounts of time and energy dealing with the possessions of family members who have died, I don’t want to leave a similar mess to my kids. All of this decluttering has made me think about the reasons I have all this stuff to begin with. Part of it is that I get enthusiastic about hobbies and start collecting the equipment to practice them. And some of it is sentimental. Can I really get rid of the book my dad gave me when I was 18? Or the needlepoint my aunt stitched? My grandmother’s crochet work? My wedding dress? That’s sentimentality, but there’s a part that’s emotional in a different way. It’s easy to make yourself believe that if you only have fill-in-the-blank it will help you compensate for some deficit in yourself. The quote below expresses this well:
I felt good about my workout today, which was a full body weight workout. I taught a yoga class and a meditation class and walked over 16,000 steps for a total of 125,000+ steps this week. I feel that I’m getting stronger. It’s helping me physically and emotionally that I had a week off work and got enough sleep this week.