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  1. This speaks directly to my heart. All to often I forget this reverence for all “things”. It really does change our life and perspective completely when we practice honoring all experiences, including things, that come into our life. May I add an additional dimension to this thought process that has been meaningful to me? In order to connect the item to an even more expansive energy, I like to think of all the people that brought it into being….inventors, manufacturers, truckers, merchants, salesclerks, packagers…the list goes on….It’s really not the actual list that is meaningful, it’s realizing how connected we are to people we have never met, people from other times and places, people just like us….sharing the Light of Oneness. Great post!

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  2. Thanks for the kind response. I particularly like the addition of tracing the roots and origin of articles. It’s a great practice.

    When I was a secondary school English teacher I used to spend more time than I should doing exactly that in lessons…especially if a kid threw away a piece of paper, they would invoke the ‘paper lesson’! In this we traced back all the people, machinery, resources, transportation systems, natural preconditions, … Well you get the idea. On a good day we would get back to the Big Bang! Years later the class would see someone throw away a piece of paper, see that I saw it, and go “oh no! Take it back, or he will do the paper lesson!!”

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    1. Hi John,
      Thank you once again for sharing your warmth through your thoughtful and enjoyable reply!

      Incidentally, I have been teaching English and Literature in secondary schools as well and it was fun to imagine how your classroom scenarios must have played out. While I love how you encouraged your students to think of the inexhaustible amount of effort and resources that went into every sheet of paper, I guess I managed a wee bit of something similar by getting them to be thankful for those who contributed in its creation and sharing every time anyone seemed dismissive of the resources available in class, too. 🙂

      I concur that sharing the origins of articles lends to acknowledging and affirming the effort of those who lent their hearts and minds to the work we enjoy and it feels like the right thing to do.
      Do take care and have a wonderful Christmas and New Year, too. Best wishes!

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  3. Your perspective is deep and unique. I don’t think I will ever take “things” for granted in my life again…though of course I will and must. But what a beautiful reminder at this time of year where consumption reigns.

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  4. This post reminded me so much of a poem I read a while ago called, “Everything is Waiting for You” by David Whyte. I love the idea of being more mindful and placing a greater importance on all things. One reason why, I think, people can become so cold and disconnected is attributed to a conditional numbness. People cannot acquire empathy for certain things that fall below a particular importance level, and thus, they cease to feel for things. I’ve recently begin to place a bit more sacredness on the small things in life. Slowly. Just the catching spiders in cups and letting them go outside instead of killing them sorta things. And it’s definitely been worth all the while so far. I feel more peaceful, more gentle, more connected. Another good poem that relates to that idea is “Are You Okay?” by Mary Oliver.

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  5. Your wonderful and thought provoking piece brings back a memory long buried but never forgotten… I attended a Catholic High School on Long Island. Our freshman year class was on a field trip led by our Biology teacher who also happened to be a nun. Her name was Sister Hyacinth. As we walked by some shrubbery a fellow classmate carelessly pulled a leaf off a bush as he passed and tossed it in the air. After watching the act, Sister Hyacinth slowly stopped our group and glared at the perpetrator, deadpan. “What if someone walked up to you and simply pulled your arm off!!!? How would you feel?” Dejected and shamed the boy apologized and we continued on. However, I never forgot her point that every object living or not deserves respect. Merry Christmas to you!

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  6. “We accumulate and forget to experience” I love these words. I like to encourage people to just stop, and experience now, appreciate now. A very experienced, intelligent writer and blog but written in a down to earth manner. Very interesting.

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  7. Christmas love
    spreads joyfully to
    friends, new and old, as
    natural as mountain streams
    flow under

    ice and snow
    still moving, to join.
    Harmony
    comes from sharing a
    round table. Buddha

    Mohammad,
    Jesus, Confucius,
    Abraham, Gandhi
    and Luther invite a pope
    to break bread

    under one God
    that all pray to here
    in Gwangju,
    there in Amsterdam,
    and Davao, where the

    hunt for food
    and water reverts to old
    ways, not the
    usual Christmas,
    but children scramble

    for goodies
    like coconuts, fruit, rare meat
    while we feast
    on turkey, baked so
    well, spring rolls folded

    and rolled by
    hands so delicate you can’t
    imagine
    what they’ve done. Merry
    Christmas everyone.

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  8. Reblogged this on My Soul and Similar Nonsense and commented:
    This is a wonderfully worded piece that looks at a perspective I try to think about often: an interactive world, where your behaviour is reflected in what you surround yourself with, and the world around you influences most things about you. It’s a lovely post that makes a journey, bringing you back to where you started with a new seed in your brain. Enjoy.

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  9. As I was writing my blog post for today about Christmas yesterday, I kept thinking back to this post of yours, and I couldnt wait to come back and read it again. It is a perspective that I share with you so profoundly. Not all “stuff” is just “stuff,” even when it is “stuff.” This year for Christmas, I was able to give my brother a gift that made him happier than any other gift I’d seen him receive in a long time. I think that some objects do have “feelings,” (in a strange, not-weird way) and that some things actually belong with some people. I love finding other people who feel the same way that I do!
    This is my post about a plate from McDonalds in 1977: http://adventuresofthecrazytrain.com/2014/12/26/huntsville-texas-and-the-greatest-christmas-gift-in-the-history-of-ever/
    -J
    adventuresofthecrazytrain.com

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  10. Books do seem snug on a bookshelf, they make the bookshelf whole as they are apart of the bigger picture. Everydays objects often due to get ignored as we misuse or ignore their involvement in our every day lives.

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