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Stuff. i haz it.

January 24, 2011 in Uncategorized | Comments (0)

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been thinking a lot about my stuff. how i used to have hardly any. then how it was all destroyed (twice). and now how and more importantly, why i am a acquiring more. i practice this philosophy; just because i CAN does that mean i SHOULD? and if i DO what is the EXACT impact owning some thing will HAVE?

this i try to make my daily mindset. sure some things get bought with no thinking. Music? Sure. Books? Absolutely. anyway… my Ogre is leaving (me) for 6 months and we’ve been talking a lot about stuff. mainly the things (stuff) i will be 100% responsible for. we’re going round and round about things and his response is nearly always “it’s just STUFF, i don’t care” then i find this article (http://www.paulgraham.com/stuff.html) today and much of it really sinks deep with me. one paragraph really moved me.

Another way to resist acquiring stuff is to think of the overall cost of owning it. The purchase price is just the beginning. You’re going to have to think about that thing for years—perhaps for the rest of your life. Every thing you own takes energy away from you. Some give more than they take. Those are the only things worth having.

everything i own takes energy away from me so i better damn well make sure things i do own have value to me. ok! i can get behind that thought process. and so in reality i’ve already been practicing a fair amount of this. i’m excited for the changes this practice is bringing. can’t wait to offload some big things that own me and get real down and dirty with the smaller things that own me.

so my Ogre doesn’t much care about stuff and i do care about stuff. so how about we leverage our care? i find less to care stuff to care about and Ogre finds… well Ogre’s off to find himself and i think thats just about perfect, for now. =)