The Problems With Keeping Things Pristine

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Twice in recent weeks I’ve come across situations where people were trying so hard to keep their things in pristine condition that they ended up cheating themselves out of some fun and being a complete jerk. The first happened when we were at a fast food restaurant. The landscapers were blowing leaves outside and they inadvertently blew some dust onto a customers’ brand new car (it still had the temporary tags on it). The customer flipped out and cussed out both the landscape crew and the manager in front of all the other patrons.

I could understand if they’d blown a rock on it and scratched it, but it was just some dust. Sure, the landscapers could have been more careful,

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3 Responses to The Problems With Keeping Things Pristine

  1. Aleta says:

    Loved your article. Unfortunately, most of us don’t realize the importance of enjoying what we have until something tragic happens. I grew up in homes where you couldn’t have any marks on furniture and many items that were never used. I lived like that for many years with my husband and children until Hurricane Andrew hit us. Somehow, I learned what was really important. I had a very valuable piano that became valueless after the hurrican.

    My most important lesson was not to hold on to anything too tightly. I watched my ancestors store valuable china in a china closet that they never used. Have clothes in a closet waiting for the perfect time to wear them, but were never used.

    Today, I try to use all of these items. If I have a nick or scratch in furniture; I call it character. Life is about living and enjoying what you have. Yes, we all have to take care of what we have but not to the extent that we don’t enjoy the use of it.

  2. Donna says:

    My philosophy is that I won’t buy something unless I will really use it or love it. I don’t believe in collectibles for the sake of collecting- it’s just more crud to dust.

  3. Coriander says:

    I believe in the use what you have philosophy. I started using my good china about 10 years ago and its a joy every time I sit down to eat. When pieces get cracked or broken, it goes in the trash and when its all used up, I’ll get a new pattern.

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