“Trying to be happy by accumulating possessions is like trying to satisfy hunger by taping sandwiches all over your body.” ~George Carlin …
It is difficult to let go, of our past, the material things that hold memories and emotional bonds, the trinkets and odds and ends that may just be useful someday. As I grow older, I realize quite a few things about our relationship between memories and possessions:
* I am not my stuff. We are more than our possessions.
* Our memories are not under our beds. Memories are within us, not within our things.
* An item that is sentimental for us can be an item that is useful for someone else.
* Holding on to stuff weighs on us mentally and emotionally. Letting go is freeing.
* You can take pictures of items you want to remember.
* Old photographs can be scanned.
It is important to note that I do not think that sentimental items are bad or evil, or that holding on to them is wrong. Rather, I think the perniciousness of sentimental items–and sentimentality in general–is far more subtle. If you want to get rid of an item but the only reason you are holding on to it is for sentimental reasons, then perhaps it is time to get rid of it. In short, if an item is weighing on you… then perhaps it is time to free yourself of the weight.
“Forget the former things; do not dwell on the past.” (Isaiah 43:18)
Clear out some of the sentimental clutter in your life.
Questions to consider:
How can holding on to things keep us from moving on in our lives?
What are some things that you hold on to in an attempt to keep strong ties to your past?
Why is it important to keep only those things that are necessary and serve a purpose in the life you are living now?
For further thought:
“For the longest time I believed that getting rid of sentimental objects amounted to a sort of denial. I told myself it was braver to face the presence of old sorrows than to put them out of sight. Now I wonder if it’s braver to let the wounds finally close. In giving up the rocks, I would be doing more than letting go of painful memories; I would be denying them the power to stand in the way of future happiness.” ~Paige Williams