Clearance sale

I had a conversation with Steve the other day about his new condominium, he mentioned to me that his wife, Kat, would like to keep the place spartan, clean with no clutter. And accuses him of cluttering the current abode with’his stuff’. my ‘stuff?’ Steve exclaimed. Kat went on to mention a list of his ‘stuff’ like his artwork, his drawings, surfboards, clothings etcetera.

Steve want the stuffs disposed of, since, well these are material stuff, and anyway he will be buying some more of it. More importantly, the point here is the stuffs which held memories, like some old photographs he’d shown me the other day, about his ship designing days, dated circa 1970s. These items hold memories. but he came to a decision, ‘Throw them away!’

His rationale is that we are all born to die, and when we die, these material stuffs will be a chore to clear for the living, at for some emotionally painful to clear. So since he is still around, why not do the clearing now? it will be cleared eventually, and since all these stuffs cannot be freight fowarded to the next life, heaven or hell, why not dispose of them? Surely some of thesde stuffs hold memory-value, other than that, there is nothing else useful. Things that are of value to us and useful to us, are only known to us. Some of his technical drawings will never be understood by Kat, and neither will Kat be using his surfboard anytime soon, so why keep it, after Steve is long dead and gone?

This kind of conversation upsets Kat, and I’m sure it will upset my wife just at much, think about it, pragmatically. Who else will use my bokken long after I’m dead? and who else will continue this blog, long after i am dead???


About Who is Randy Lim

This blog is about the journey and experiences in my life as an Aikidoka. With close to 20 years in the arts, I'll make comments and judgements based on 2 principles, E&E. Experimentation and Experiential reflection. please enjoy, and comment freely.
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2 Responses to Clearance sale

  1. Benson says:

    It’s good to do material and spiritual cleansing, but his logic is rather flawed.

    Every photos, memento contained a story to tell, an experience to share, a legacy to pass from generation to the next.

    Taking that away is like leaving a vacuum in the heart.


    • well, Benson, the crux of it is, what does it matters to the dead? A legacy is for the living. Nothing is left for the dead. And the dead really have no tales, no stories, experience and certainly no legacy… 🙂


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