Letter from the Editor: Favorite Things

By Leslie Moore

Letter from the Editor

We all have things that we love in our homes – some have tangible value and some are only important to us. After years of living in the same house, I have accumulated much more than I need and am ready to do some serious clearing away of unnecessary items – for honesty’s sake, I’ll admit I’ve only just started and only one load has gone to the donation box. My little house is not ridiculously cluttered, but recently I’ve felt the need to lighten my load. In researching the best way to manage my “stuff,” I came across an article with some interesting advice to make the process much simpler. The author advises us to take each item we own, really look at it, and then decide if it brings you joy. If so, keep it, if not, then you can toss, donate or give it away. I decided to try this technique recently while cleaning bureau drawers and it really works! It made getting rid of the things I no longer need much easier. As I look around the rooms of my house, I can find a lot of things that bring me joy – photographs, my collection of green glass, the pieces of furniture that belonged to my mother, a pretty rock I found while on a fun mountain vacation; the list goes on and on. But, really, all of those “things” bring me joy because they invoke a good memory about where I was when I got the item, or who gave it to me, or who I was with when I bought it. It dawned on me that my favorite things are not really “things” they are memories – memories that are all associated with people I love.

The only difference between an extraordinary life and an ordinary one is the extraordinary pleasures you find in ordinary things.

About this writer

  • Leslie Moore Leslie Moore is the editor for Strand Media Group. A 25 year resident of Pawleys Island, she is blessed with a life filled with the love of family and friends and satisfying work to do every day.

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