YK’s 365 Release: Day 317

Living in this world of electronics that are made to only last 1-3 years, it is inevitable that we are left with unwanted corpses in place of our newer models.

Most people, including myself, have had multiple printers, scanners, digital cameras, phones, computers, televisions, keyboards, DVD players, and other infinite variations of audio, video, office equipment over their electronic lifetimes. When you go through life, even as someone who doesn’t accumulate much, you end up with cords to all of these appliances. Power cords, adapters, cables.

I have an entire box filled with these plugs. I work with electronics as a hobby so I know exactly what each of these cords is for and how they can be used. I’ve saved these for many reasons. Tossing them in the trash is detrimental to the environment as they must be taken to electronic recycling, which, unfortunately, is not the simplest process in New York City.  Also, I always think I’m going to need an extra cable some day. So my hanging onto them is a combination of laziness and the “what if” scenarios.

Once I went through my cord/cable box and removed the ones that were duplicates or that I haven’t used, ever, I ended up with a sizeable pile of cables to give away. The volume of that pile made me feel happy because I knew I would have that much less “stuff” occupying unnecessary physical space in my home.

An important lesson I’ve been learning is that the more I let go of physical objects, the more space I have for creative energy. It’s that simple.

So on Day 317 of my 365 Release practice of non-attachment, letting go and change, I am giving away a mountain of cords to an electronics supplier who can use them daily.


[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.]

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