Gretchen Rubin

Gretchen Rubin

My experiments in the pursuit of happiness and good habits


Know the Feeling? “Old Rubbish! Old Letters, Old Clothes, Old Objects That One Does Not Want to Throw Away.”

December 31st, 2015

Episode 190 of 540 episodes

“Oh! Old rubbish! Old letters, old clothes, old objects that one does not want to throw away. How well nature has understood that, every year, she must change her leaves, her flowers, her fruit and her vegetables, and make manure out of the mementos of her year!” –Jules Renard, Journal As we approach the new year, this quotation keeps floating through my mind. And that passage reminded me of this one: “I still feel nervous when I throw away a piece of bread. But in Nature nothing can be lost, nothing wasted, nothing thrown away, there is no such thing as rubbish.” –John Stewart Collis, The Worm Forgives the Plough Unrelated sidenote, because I can’t resist: It really bothers me that John Stewart Collis misquotes William Blake. In Blake’s “Proverbs of Hell,” the line is “The cut worm forgives the plough.” There’s a very great difference in the meaning of those sentences — that word “cut” matters. But I digress! Back to thoughts of time, change, renewal, and nature. Happy 2016. And remember, today is the LAST DAY to get my BONUS offer for FREE. It’s an email series called “21 Days, 21 Strategies for Habit Change.” Each day, ...

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