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6/22/15 9:36 A

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Depends on the item. Had my purse stolen 3 weeks ago and in it was my camera. THAT was one of my most prized posessions; never went anywhere without it. I am definitely grieving that loss. But i don't have an attachment to shoes or clothes...once I'm done with them or don't wear em much anymore....they're gone.

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6/18/15 10:31 A

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You guys!
Enjoyed reading all of your stories!

I think letting go is a life lesson we all learn as we age, bc that's what life does, strip of us everything, eventually our lives. Buddhism teaches the dukkha we incur by forming attachments to things. Letting go, is one of its main tenets.. to negative emotions as well as things, even to the concept of self.

me... I'm a bit of a hoarder.
Which is bad, bc my house doesn't have adequate storage space.
But then do I really need stuff I wore 30 years ago or clothes I made in High School? ha

Dunno. But when I see old things, particularly my girls old toys, or the clothes they wore, its terribly nostalgic, when I try to get rid of some things, I get overwhelmed by emotion. I can hardly believe they were that small.

I also collect boxes, but with a purpose. I flatten them out and put them under the mulch created by bags of fall leaves I collect from the neighbors, behind my pergola, to keep the soil from eroding down the slope. I've managed to build the soil up a good 3-4 inches this way, for nothing more than my labor.

Thankfully I haven't been robbed lately.
My thieves were Home Grown... my daughters raiding my clothes closets.
So horrible going to get an outfit I had bought for an occasion, or reach for a favorite, and it not be there.

I've also had CDs and a gift certificate taken from my car. My fault, sometimes I forget to lock it, and I can't park it in the garage bc I have all my girls and mine's possessions from when they were little and I was young.

But its Time for a purge.

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6/18/15 12:11 A

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There's a part of me that wishes someone would just come and clear out all the junk that's accumulated with 5 people over 25 yrs. I've actually told neighbors when we leave on an occasional vacation, that if they see someone back up to the house w/ a truck--just let them be.
-- With that said, when something is lost to theft, I think that part of the difficulty can be with the personal invasion of privacy. It feels quite personal.

I have a hard time getting rid of things of value unless I know that it can be put to good use. -- I just don't want to drop good things at the Goodwill. After my mom passed, I had acquired way too many of her things; I just didn't have the room to keep it. So when a young couple needed things to start in an apartment, I put together 2-3 boxes of sheets, towels, rugs, and other misc. things I certainly didn't NEED.

My DH on the other hand keeps everything to a complete point of INSANITY (for me). Since we don't have room for much, keeping old things just drives me nuts. But he seems to have a relationship with "stuff"...far more than with people in general.

My kids have said that when dad passes, the first order of business will be to order a dumpster to clear out the accumulation... emoticon

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6/17/15 6:03 P

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A year and a half ago we had a fire. We lost many things. From that experience I'd say things can be replaced, but you don't want to have to replace them in that way. BTW, 98% of my pictures survived. The fire burned up everything in the garage but those and a box of Seraphim Angels. I told my 93 year old Mom who survived, as well as my two birds (trapped behind the fire) and my dog, and husband and I, that her angels must have guarded the pictures!!! In a fire you have to look at the things and lives that survived, not the possessions you lost. But I am still struggling to do that. And I struggle to get over a new found fear I didn't have before, and that is of something else bad happening.

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6/17/15 3:55 P

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My mother lived through the Great Depression and I learned at a very early age that you "squirrel" things away because you never know when you may need them....

(Mom had a ball of string that she added to every time she got a little bit of string. If it was at lease 1 inch long, it was long enough to add to the ball. An aunt used to save "boxes" and I remember her telliing a story once of how she became quite annoyed with her husband because he took one of her boxes. When he asked her why she was saving the boxes, she said it was because she might need them some day. He said, "well he needed that box now" but it didn't help her any.....

Sad to say, I have had to fight that my entire life, not always successfully. I get mad at myself for the "hoarding" and throw stuff away, then 2 weeks later I am mad at myself for getting rid of it because now I need it.....

Funny thing is, I have also had my home broken into, and among the items taken was my Grandmother's wedding ring. While it hurt at the time, it didn't bother me nearly as much as my giving away some things from my stash.....

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I used to be much more attached to "things" but when I was robbed in 2007 of all my jewelry (devastating...still not over it to be truthful) I learned that attachment to "things" can be heartbreaking. The jewelry I have accumulated since the robbery is nice and I enjoy it but I am not so attached to it and won't allow myself to become so. My dad had a saying..."if it ain't nailed down they'll take it" and it is so true. Material possessions are fleeting and can be taken from us, lost in fires and floods...it just doesn't pay (for me, at least) to be too attached to "things".

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6/17/15 2:26 P

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Hi team, its been awhile since we asked the question of the week. Rose is so much better at coming up with good questions! But I will give it a whirl this week:

How attached are you to material possessions? Would losing or being robbed of personal possessions be hard for you or would you just say "easy come easy go?"

Kelly

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