Ditch the stuff, keep the memories

Live With Less ditch the stuff and keep the memories

Inspiration from the March 2016 issue of Psychologies Magazine:

Ditch the Stuff, Keep the Memories, from Living With It by Lizzie Enfield

Photographs: A couple I know refused to have any photos at their wedding. They wanted everyone to remember the day and are still taken aback by their friends' vivid stories and recollections of the event.

Heirlooms: Family heirlooms hold memories but can weigh you down with a sense of duty to look after them. Reinvent these tokens from the past and turn them into something more relevant to the present.

Letters: Letters are very personal, but instead of hanging onto the past, get in touch with the writers; relive your memories together, now.

Jewelry: Wedding rings, say, are symbols of eternity but also symbols of a cycle. A relationship is never in the same place on that cycle. So whatever the sentimental value of a piece of jewelry, it can be replaced - and maybe the relationship it signifies will be renewed and revived, too.

Creativity: Losing hours of painstaking effort is soul-destroying, but it's easy to forget some things are as much about the process as the end product. Whatever you learned painting the landscape that was ruined in a flood, or writing a novel you left on a train, those lessons are still with you. Use them to create something better.

Bottom line: It's not the end of the world if you lose a "thing," whatever that thing might be. What's most important is being present in the moment, loving without conditions and experiencing all life has to offer. If you need help ditching the stuff, you know who to call.

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