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Gretchen Rubin

Gretchen Rubin

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Do You Struggle to Give Up an Object that Once Served You Well? For Me, My Laptops.

July 30th, 2016

Episode 319 of 401 episodes

“We conceive…a sort of gratitude for those inanimated objects, which have been the causes of great or frequent pleasure to us. The sailor, who, as soon as he got ashore, should mend [build] his fire with the plank upon which he had just escaped from a shipwreck, would seem to be guilty of an unnatural action. We should expect that he would rather preserve it with care and affection, as a monument that was, in some measure, dear to him.” –Adam Smith, The Theory of Moral Sentiments I love this passage, but the old-fashioned language may make it difficult to understand Smith’s point: when some object has done us great service, we’re reluctant to get rid of it. Do you feel this way? I sure do. For instance, as I write about in Happier at Home, I found it hard to say good-bye to my old laptops. We’d been through so much together! They’d worked so hard for me, we’d had so many good times together! But the old laptops were starting to take up a lot of space. I took a photograph of them, as a memento, and then sent them on their way. On my Facebook Live video yesterday, we ... The post Do You Struggle to Give Up an Object that Once Served You Well? For Me, My Laptops. appeared first on Gretchen Rubin.

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