I was recently watching a video of my young cousin, Scott, at his school’s Easter egg hunt. The other children were scrambling to get as many eggs as possible, but Scott found just one, in his favorite color, and was content. He didn’t try to snatch eggs out of the other children’s hands, nor did he pummel them trying to acquire as much “swag” as he could. The one egg satisfied him. Maybe we should be a little more like Scott.
In no way am I suggesting we all shouldn’t try to do our best, and become as successful as possible, but I think perhaps Scott has caught on to something many adults miss — the ability to be content with what one has, and not to horde things just because everyone else is. It’s not that he didn’t want more eggs, it was he knew the one he had was enough for him.
This philosophy is making more and more sense to me, as I’m attempting to purge my belongings. I have way too much “stuff.” I also have far too many stairs for me to safely carry it all out of my house, so the challenge of what to do with all of these things I’ve acquired over the years, for which I no longer have user, remains. I supposed I could hold a yard sale, but the thought of all that organizing, and schlepping, and setting up tables to make mere cents on the dollar doesn’t appeal to me at all. The other thing that doesn’t appeal to me is having people show up at my house before a reasonable hour, say noon, on a Saturday. I once helped a girlfriend with her garage sale, and ended up lecturing a woman who showed up at 7 a.m. The sign clearly stated “No Early Birds.” How rude!
Then there’s the current darling of the internet, Marie Kondo, who suggests that if an object doesn’t bring you joy, to simply throw it out or give it to someone else. I’m not sure how to gauge her measurement for “joy.” A down jacket brings me nothing but a hot flash in July, but in December, when I’m in the mountains with my family, it brings me supreme joy. My question for Ms. Kondo is does something have to bring me joy 365 days a year, or is a six-month period enough?
Of course, the memes and Tweets about Kondo’s very efficient and emotionally detached way of purging one’s stuff have been hilarious, but I have a problem with her approach. I have issues with saying goodbye, whether it’s to friends and family, a beloved pet or a copy of a Donny Osmond album from 1971. I get attached. I am one of those people who can pull out various treasures from around my home (even some clothing items) and tell you when and where I acquired it, who was with me, who gave it to me if it was a gift, and what the circumstances or occasion surrounding its acquisition was. When I say I’m sentimental, I’m not pulling your leg. Like Doc Tony on those annoying television commercials, “I’m real.”
I guess spring is the appropriate time for these thoughts of cleansing and purging. With all the green, new life springing up all around us, and the abundance of colorful flowers, it’s difficult not to think of getting organized and making sure everything is in tip-top shape. I really need to work on letting go. Maybe I should read Kondo’s book one more time, because if I do, I’ll have more time to do the fun things on tap over the next few weeks.
There are plenty of activities coming up, including the annual Frederica Academy Derby Day, featured in our centerpiece. The Cassina Garden Club’s Tabby & Tillandsia Garden Tour is April 27, as is a garden party at Musgrove for Memory Matters. On May 4, activities abound, including the aforementioned Derby Day, a symphony presentation and the Ninth Annual Americana and Blues Fest. Local theater groups also have productions running, so don’t forget to check those out.
This issue also contains an article about the upcoming Coastal Georgia Honor Flight, and features U.S. Navy veteran Don Gammon. We also have tons of pictures of people you know doing fun things.
This month, don’t let anyone steal your joy!
Enjoy the issue!