Following up a recent post I wrote regarding cleaning up our house, I came across some very insightful words about one of the hardest things to part with: those sentimental memories from our past.
The following is an excerpt from Marie Kondo’s excellent book, “the life-changing magic of tidying-up”:
“It is not our memories but the person we have become because of those past experiences that we should treasure. This is the lesson these keepsakes teach us when we sort them. The space in which we live should be for the person we are becoming now, not for the person we were in the past.”
I believe that what she is saying is that there are some items we have that we will always treasure, for whatever reason. Those items are very special to us. I don’t believe she is describing getting rid of these.
However, there are other items lying around the house that bring an “oh yeah, I remember that time…” kind of response. These items spark a fleeting memory, but that is it. They remind us of a time long ago. I believe it is these items that she is encouraging us to let go and get rid of. I believe her exhortation to us is to treasure more who we have become because of the build up of thousands and thousands of memories and experiences, rather than on some artifact of one certain event.
Live in the present!