I used to have a tendency to purchase objects in pairs or even numbers. I only say “used to” because I haven’t really made any significant purchases of objects since the beginning of this project. If I buy candle holders, I’ll always buy a pair. If I see a shirt I like, I’ll grab another one (sometimes even in the same exact color). Part of this is perhaps my desire for things to have company with one another, for them to create balance, and also because of the ephemeral nature of objects (so I have a backup).
Today while going through my office shelves, I found I had two boxes of labels, used for mailings on envelopes. There was a time when I did print out labels to send out literature about my work around the country to my mailing lists. And I purchased two boxes of these labels for the reasons mentioned at the beginning of this entry. Email has completely replaced the need for these labels. I’ve kept them precisely because I did not want to be wasteful, but also because technology changed the way we send out mass mailings now.
So on Day 352 of my 365 Release practice for non-attachment, letting go and change, I am giving these to a non-profit organization that still does snail mailings.
That is one of the various extraordinary lessons I have been learning from this project; what I let go is always of use to someone else. Everything is connected.
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[I created the 365 Release Project to practice non-attachment, letting go and change by giving away 1 thing a day for 1 year. The background, vision and guidelines to the 365 RELEASE project are here. The running list of everything I have released is here.]