The UnCherishing of Things; The Cherish Blogfest

I cherish nothing. No thing that is. In fact I have spent the  past three years intenwifying the process of uncherishing things since I sold or gave away 95 % of what I owned and started on my hobohemian (A word coined by Cole Porter) lifestyle house sitting around Australia. You see before then I thought I had quite a few cherished objects but instead I now realise that they were possessions and as one Russin philosopher (whose name escapes me) so wisely said “We are possessed by our possesions”. I certainly was.
But the fire that destroyed my home years before, destroying my then most cherished objects did me a favour; I saw the truth behind matertial objects, the cds of my favourite songs melted, my favourite wool coat charred and singed, my books of pleasure and wisdom turned to ash. Some things, icluding books survived though damaged and I had to make constant decisions about what to keep and what to discard  based on a new set of values, what inherent worth they held for  me.

And that is the truth of an object that is cherished; its the value with which we imbue the object that makes it precious and not the object itself.

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I cherish much in the world but none is an object. I do my best to treasure myself and was inspired to so everafter by the words of Julia Cameron “Treating myself as a precious object makes me strong” Such wisdom flies in the face of modern life!
I cherish my grandchildren, two amazing souls who combine the genes and traits of all their families yet have their own unique spirit which entiches my ife.
I cherish the natural world and its beauty, it heals and sustains my life and health so how could I not value its power? And yet Australian leaders are still battling against the in your face evidence of climate change.
I cherish the thought that no matter how difficult life is today for so many lives in this world, a day will come when all life, human, animal, Australian or Asylum seeker, is cherished as a precious object

21 thoughts on “The UnCherishing of Things; The Cherish Blogfest

  1. Thanks you for participating and for sharing some very nice thoughts and a _VERY_ healthy attitude. While you may lean toward the extreme, your perspective is something we can learn from. It’s important to look beyond the things we cherish and understand what lies beneath those feelings.

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  2. This was a fascinating read. Love your attitude and you are absolutely right. We are driven by the material and we sometimes forget how ephemeral it is. Glad I found via the Cherished Blogfest.

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    1. Thanks Elissaveta , so glad you liked it! Its a challenge for all of us to have the right relationship with the material side of life. As I travel with one suitcase, I have a battle to fit things in and each time I leave a place , have to decide on what is important for the next stage of the journey. Ive discovered that there is always enough stuff in the world. Love Kate

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  3. Hi, LightravellerKate! I found your blog via Cherished Blogfest and really enjoyed your post. Possessions do indeed possess us if we let them. I’m in the process of selling a lot of my possessions due to financial difficulties, and looking at myself askance because of what I’m clinging to, especially things I don’t use or need. I used to travel much more lightly. Hope you’ll stop by my blog at Anatomy of Perceval! Oh! I have a couple Aussie friends — one in Melbourne, one in Adelaide…..

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    1. Thanks, I’m glad uou connected with the post. We are far more precious than what we have-or dont have and often geting rid of stuff frees you to put more of yourself out into the world.I’ll check out your blog this morning kate

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  4. First of all great pictures that you’ve put up. Thank you for participating in the blogfest. I like the way you mentioned about how you cherish life and other things rather than objects. Certainly makes sense. I completely agree.

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  5. I had the similar problem on selecting cherish item. I finally settle on my first publication since my wife, children, grandchildren and great grandchildren are not objects but hold special memories that I cherish.

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  6. Fabulous pictures and sentiment. We truly can be “possessed by our possessions” – I know I am sometimes. I also chose not to pick a thing (well, it kind of is, I guess) to write about but more of a entree to great adventures… my passport. I’ve never been to Australia, but your blog reminded me that I should probably make plans to visit soon.

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  7. Yes, I cherish people, and life, too. When it came to finding an object, I think it was one that triggered unresolved issues and memory.

    You have fab grandkids, lovely views, and a spot-on attitude to life. It is all ashes to ashes, and dust to dust. The more attached we are to our possessions, the more trouble they’re likely to cause us.

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  8. When reading about fires that break out, particularly in dry climates, and how people have lost their homes… I have often wondered how they cope with such a loss. I think you have answered that question. And now I believe, like you said, you have actually won by re-evaluating the true quality of life. Thank you for sharing. Your photos and words were eye openers.

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  9. I love your attitude! It’s so true that cherishing objects makes very little sense and so many of us cherish an object because of what it reminds us of. I think uncherishing things is very important and the way to true mindfulness.

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