Today a hand-painted decorative plate from my time in Turkey fell to the floor, breaking into a few pieces. Instead of the expected sadness, I was actually relieved. One less thing to declutter in my pursuit of minimalism.
For the last two years, I’ve stared at that plate knowing I probably should not have bought it (those Turkish salesman are beyond talented!). It followed me through two international moves, collecting dust and taking up space. I didn’t even really like it, so instead of reveling in a plethora of great memories from Turkey, each time my gaze fell upon the plate I just felt guilty for wasting my hard-earned money on a tourist gimmick.
Now that distraction is gone! I feel a tiny bit more free as a result. This motivates me to look at the other things in my home which I don’t really value, yet remain because of a buried shred of guilt, distracting me ever so slightly each time I look their way. Maybe I’d be that much more free if I got rid of them all in one fell swoop?
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