Thursday, 28 July 2016

Decluttering the Self

Today I cleaned up my noticeboard and took down some things which had been pinned up from earlier in the year. Also stored away in a desk tidy. Its good to keep receipts for a while in case the item is faulty, or if its paid remotely such as parking meters, to make sure there is no query about whether you paid. For people who are not confident about their memory, its also a useful way of remembering when you went to a place or when something happened.
Its also a way of building up your story and constructing a Self.

To do this decluttering method, look around for items you have hung onto for these reasons. Take a photo. Upload the photo to your computer or blog. Then throw the item away, recycle where possible.

What is going on with this term "self?"

Heres Ron Crouch's description:
"As a therapist and a meditation teacher, I live a surreal life. At the office I’m helping people to gain greater self-esteem, more positive self-regard, and encouraging them to see themselves as competent, empowered and strong. But when I teach meditation I strongly encourage people to see that the self is an illusion. On the outside it could seem as if I’m working against myself."

What would life be like if you couldn't recall much of your past? Would it matter or not?

Jeff and I did a trip to the North West in 2014. Definitely time to recycle some parking tickets!

A family member was in hospital in Stockton earlier in the year. We went to visit regularly, and I hoarded the parking tickets. Yes, I confess I am a hoarder. My hoarding tendencies are specific and don't interfere with my life, but hoarding parking tickets, is... Hoarding!

Only one of the parking tickets, just to remind me when this event happened, also a key cut receipt for the relative's home.

Also earlier this year the landlord arranged a quality control visit from the company that does the annual gas safety checks. I had already had a check, but the first one must have missed something on his checks or perhaps a resident had made a complaint! The engineer checked the boiler, took it apart, put it back together, checked the gas flow from the meter, told me that various electrical upgrades should be done by the electrical contractor, and gave me a carbon monoxide detector, which I have never had before. We put it up on the boxing-in near the ceiling.
So, I don't really need the manual, as I will be able to look on the internet as long as I know its name. All I need to know is that at some point in the future the battery will fail and an alarm will then sound, but I will probably have a new one before then.

I am going to put all those things in the recycling bin NOW!

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