So, one of the more interesting moral quandaries of the RID project was what to do about things I received as gifts.
You see, I realized when I started the project…that the only way to do it was honestly, and unabashedly, … publicly. So, I thought about what it would mean for people to see gifts they had given me added to the RID pile.
I decided to not worry about it for two reasons:
1) Who can remember what they received as gifts and what they didn’t? A sad commentary on American consumerism to be sure, and
2) Just because I RID something didn’t mean I didn’t get use out of it, or didn’t enjoy it. It simply meant that it was time to let it move on…to release it.
I offer this thought as we all enter the “between Thanksgiving and Xmas” time. A time where all of us are encouraged to buy the ones we love…things.
It’s not exactly a novel thought, but I’d encourage all of us to give more experiences, and fewer things. Not only is it a proven way of getting to more happiness — but it adds to the giver’s enjoyment as well.
So, for those on MY Xmas list, be prepared to have an experience-centered holiday season. With fewer things, but more love.
Happy holidays, one and all.