I moved into my current place about a year ago, and since then, I have been continually getting rid of ‘stuff’ – clothes, books, papers, and most recently, photos.
Last fall I came across the giant album of proofs given to me almost ten years ago following my wedding. I am not married anymore, and I have ordered prints from it and even hold onto some of them.
Today, I took 30-minutes and took all the photos out of the album so I could at least donate it, but I am at a loss as to what to do with the 5 inch stack of photos.
Do I recycle them?
Do I tuck them away again until I am ready to get rid of them completely?
The truth is, I have no idea.
I am aware that my marriage is part of what seems like a different lifetime, and I am fairly certain that I am not going to be pouring over them any time soon with tears streaming from my eyes. It was a happy day, and we were a happy couple and we are now happily divorced.
So why am I hesitating?
I don’t have an answer here. But it occurred to me that you might be hesitating about something, too. And the invitation here is to explore it; don’t just let it be a pile of whatever it is in your space, let it be something you actually contemplate. And then do something about it.