Tuesday, June 22, 2010
Treasure Deep in the Junk
Then I got married.
In our seven years of marriage many things have changed. I don't have (perceived) control over everything anymore. Our differences in how we view "stuff" has stretched our patience with each other. I have flung a less than sweet comment when weaving through piles in his garage. He has pulled more than one thing out of the trash or thrift store box, horrified that I would get rid of something that was still useful.
A few weekends ago we designated Saturday a day to start going through some boxes that had moved with Eric from his parents house seven years ago without having been opened since. Eric apologized for saving every scrap of paper, piece of string, length of cord, and piece of broken electronic equipment for the potential in its parts. As we sorted though things I realized that he really had saved everything.
Do you have too much stuff to enjoy the treasures that you have been given? Or are you so focused on purging your life so that you can stay in control that you purge things (or relationships) that you later wish you hadn't?