Best Before: the Intangible Weight of Things

randomlychad  —  August 29, 2011 — 8 Comments
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You’ve been to the store, seen the imprints on the labels: “Best by xx/xx/xxxx.” “Best before…”

Me, I ignore them. Oh, not the ones on products, or medicine–I’m quite assiduous in shunning those.

No, I’m talking about things. Things–like my Apple iBook–that have quite outlived their usefulness, but that I nevertheless hold onto. Perhaps for sentimental reasons, perhaps not.

For whatever reason, I keep things well beyond their “best before” date. Always thinking “There’ll be a use for this someday. I can re-purpose this for xxx…”

Someday never quite seems to arrive, yet the things pile up–cluttering my soul.

This is the intangible weight that things have–pressing down upon me, making it hard to get free, get clear. Thinking of clearing “things” out induces a cold sweat.

I end with: where do I begin?

How about you? Do you keep things beyond their “best before” dates?




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