Have you ever thought that your belongings go through a life cycle of their very own?
Birth, life, death. All of your belongings fall on some point of this ordered cycle. Some of your belongings are “younger” than others and have only been with you a short while, while others are old friends and have been with you through thick and thin.
Here’s the cycle as I see it:
Belongings are born.
No matter how you acquire items (you purchase them, they are given to you as gifts, or are inherited, etc.), items come into your home and into your life and become belongings.
Belongings live their lives.
You use and interact and with your belongings on a regular basis, seasonally or perhaps even occasionally, or never. Sometimes you interact with your belongings on a conscious level (“I really love this old book!”) while others you interact with on a purely rote or functional level.
Belongings go through death.
Over time belongings break, wear out, become out of fashion or unwanted and are thrown out, abandoned or forgotten.
There are some belongings that have the power to keep on living for extended periods of time. Some are beautiful connectors of lives and experiences, such as heirlooms passed down from one generation to another.
Other belongings connect strangers. Ever hear of the phrase, “One man’s trash is another man’s treasure?” Thus a belonging rises from the ashes to be reborn like the great phoenix of legend.