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Where are you storing your eclipse glasses?

You’re not the only one
Starin’ at the sun
Afraid of what you’d find
If you stepped back inside

-U2 “Staring at the Sun”

The morning of the eclipse, I regretted not picking up a pair of eclipse glasses.

Being disconnected from news channels and social media, I was late to the game on the eclipse. The rarity of the experience was lost on me.

Luckily a co-worker had a pair of glasses and I was able to see the spectacle. It was a wonderful moment to experience.

I teased my friend – “You know the resale value of those glasses is peaking right now? In an hour they are worthless.”

Which is a bit of ┬álesson for anything we buy. It can be incredibly valuable one moment and worthless the next. And that’s ok. Many Things in our lives are meant for a time and then are meant to be let go.

Baby clothes, plaid overshirts, mystery novels. When the utility has passed, put them back into the world.

Just like the moon passing in front of the sun, Things move on.

And trying to hold on when that time is gone is just like the moment after the eclipse. When you are just staring at the sun.

Minimalist collector video: Quick declutter of a bin

succeed by freeing yourself from the memory of failure

autobiography of stuff escalator

Now those memories come back to haunt me
they haunt me like a curse
Is a dream a lie if it don’t come true
Or is it something worse
-Bruce Springsteen “The River”

You won’t always succeed. Some dreams don’t come true.

That is a harsh truth, but only by accepting it can you free yourself from the myth that failure is always within your control.

While many other decluttering advice-givers talk about mementos being the hardest Things to purge, I argue there is an even more difficult category – your Autobiography of Stuff.

Your Autobiography of Stuff ties you not to the present, but to versions of yourself that existed in your past or you hope/hoped would exist in the future. A shelf of college textbooks for a field you never worked in. A box of art supplies for the painting hobby you never quite found time for. The language-learning tapes you are ‘just about to’ start, any day now…

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will selling your Things make minimalism harder?

Layering on monthly challenges – #SummerofNew continues

With a little perseverance you can get things done
Without the blind adherence that has conquered some
-Corey Hart “Never Surrender”

It has been fun to continue the Summer Of New experiment. Wifey joined in and we are seeing the PVR and Netflix queue reduce, and our enjoyment increase.

After years of accumulation, I have no physical to-read pile of books or comics. And the digital piles are also being chipped away. As well, we are taking this opportunity to try some new shows and reading material.

But there’s a problem:

It’s not hard enough.

As far as experiments go, I’m not learning enough about myself. It’s fun to nudge myself and give myself an excuse to try new things, but it’s not transformative.

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