Life Is Too Short To Not Use The Good Silverware

As I’ve taken my journey deeper into minimalism, I’ve realized a few things about myself. First, I hold on to things for a long time. I’ve got a backpack and a bed cover that I’ve had for 30 years. I’m not a hoarder, but for some reason, I’ve held onto certain things. My wife teases me about having ‘Backstreet shorts’, referring to something that was in style when the Backstreet Boys were in style. I have some items that are older than she is.

During this last move into a room, instead of a house, I got rid of a ton of things. I took pictures of a bunch of things that I had as memories, but they always stayed in storage. I decided that I wanted my belongings to be able to fit into a single room. It was a nostalgic experience, but it was extremely freeing and exhilarating as I gave away or threw away things that I’ve lugged around for many years.

I’m in the process of reinventing myself. I’m not sure what that means yet, but I like the direction it is going. As I was throwing things away, I came across this leather bed cover that I had made by a friend when I was living in Argentina (see photo above). I wondered why I kept it. I wondered why I had never used it. I decided that I was going to keep it, but I was going to use it and wear it out.

I remember as a child that my parents had the good dishes and silverware that only came out for special occasions, like Thanksgiving. All of that fancy stuff to be used for just a few days a year. I never questioned it…. until now.

I have realized that every single day is a gift. It may be our last. We never know. My 30 year old bed cover (still in pristine condition from never being used) is now a huge throw rug on my floor in my room.

It’s time to make every day a ‘good silverware’ day. What can you do to celebrate today for you?

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One way that we give away our power is waiting for ‘good silverware’ days, instead of living every day to the fullest. If you’d like to see where you may be giving away your power, please click to get a free copy of my Personal Power Rating worksheet.