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Pruning dead branches to allow new growth

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I’ve been in this apartment for 20 years and recently I have looked around me and seen on every hand things that I have acquired but that have long since fallen into disuse as interests have shifted and grown in the new directions. These possessions, once the tools of active interests, are now clutter, and I have allowed them to accumulate to almost unmanageable proportions. “Almost” unmanageable because I perforce must manage them. I am doing a lot of sorting, discarding, donating, and selling to get back to a reasonable balance.

The point of this post is to encourage those of you who have become settled to undertake something like this annually so you don’t have to do 20 years’ worth at one fell swoop. (Those who still are living lives of transition generally already enjoy a pruned existence.) It’s probably especially bad for my generation, whose adult years were spent in a time of prosperity and strong consumerist currents: we tended to overbuy, much more so than our parents (who lived through the Great Depression).

I don’t mean to whine, simply to warn. Be careful, and prune regularly.

Written by Leisureguy

23 July 2012 at 10:37 am

Posted in Daily life

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