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    Thank you for this explanation. She is very interesting.
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    Thank you everyone for your responses and some of the details behind the longer history of the forum. It has an interesting backstory.

    It also makes sense that the forum means something a little bit different for everyone, but the common theme seems to be "live well."

    I've definitely struggled with the concept that things can bring meaning and purpose. Some of them can, but when the act of acquisition becomes overwhelming I start to feel miserable. Starting collections of various things has done that to me a few times throughout my life. It never made me happier in the long run, despite the "thrill of the chase." As each collection piled up, I felt like it more controlled me than consoled me. The dopamine highs wear off fast. As one of the ancient Cynics said: "He doesn't own a fortune, his fortune owns him."

    The book "Goodbye, Things," by Fumio Sasaki, started my latest venture down this simpler path. It includes tips for ways to reframe the meaning of objects. Despite the help it offered, I still buy too many books. More than I can read, which then overwhelms me. I'm getting there, but every once in a while I suddenly buy about 10 books all at once. Some of them I read and some I discover on my shelf 10 years later. I suppose much worse addictions exist.

    Thank you again for all of your input!

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    Quote Originally Posted by ewomack View Post
    Thank you everyone for your responses and some of the details behind the longer history of the forum. It has an interesting backstory.

    It also makes sense that the forum means something a little bit different for everyone, but the common theme seems to be "live well."

    I've definitely struggled with the concept that things can bring meaning and purpose. Some of them can, but when the act of acquisition becomes overwhelming I start to feel miserable. Starting collections of various things has done that to me a few times throughout my life. It never made me happier in the long run, despite the "thrill of the chase." As each collection piled up, I felt like it more controlled me than consoled me. The dopamine highs wear off fast. As one of the ancient Cynics said: "He doesn't own a fortune, his fortune owns him."

    The book "Goodbye, Things," by Fumio Sasaki, started my latest venture down this simpler path. It includes tips for ways to reframe the meaning of objects. Despite the help it offered, I still buy too many books. More than I can read, which then overwhelms me. I'm getting there, but every once in a while I suddenly buy about 10 books all at once. Some of them I read and some I discover on my shelf 10 years later. I suppose much worse addictions exist.

    Thank you again for all of your input!

    I don't know that much worse addictions exist! I always say books are the Final Frontier of decluttering. Haha, but true.

    I decluttered my book collection in 2020. Thanks, Covid! I had downtime to sort, sell, donate 800 books.

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    I have books on my kindle app now so only own about 10 physical books.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Teacher Terry View Post
    I have books on my kindle app now so only own about 10 physical books.
    I have more than 10 physical books, but far less than I used to because of Kindle. The only problem with Kindle is that I feel books are "out of sight, out of mind." So, I'll hear about a really interesting book, go on Amazon to check it out, and I see a banner at the top of the page that says "You purchased this book on July 18, 2019." Whoops. I also have a harder time remembering the name of the books I buy on Kindle, even as I'm reading them. There's something about having an actual tactile experience with a book that makes it superior to reading on Kindle, but Kindle certainly has its place.
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