The Stuff of Life

Some of you know that I have been on a purge lately, so I was interested when the LA Times published an article about the effect of possessions on our lives. Here are some of my favorite quotes:

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The average U.S. household has 300,000 things, from paper clips to ironing boards. U.S. children make up 3.7% of children on the planet but have 47% of all toys and children’s books.

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Full bookshelves say, ‘I’m well-read. I have lots of books.’ But really, you just buy books.

obstacle

I don’t think stuff is inherently wrong or bad . . . but if things have become obstacles to your happiness, that’s a problem.

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I am impressed by the degree to which outer order controls inner calm . . . I cleaned out my fridge, and now I can change careers.

Photos by Michael Hvorecky, Janne Morin, Ally Aubry, and  John Haslam, used with permission

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