Are you one of those people who has “good” things that are only for special occasions? Good plates, good clothing, good bedding, whatever it might be.
Why are you saving it? Now, I realize you might be saving the china for a special occasion because it’s a hassle to clean and expensive if it breaks. But what about the other things?
I realized that I have a number of things that I only use for special occasions. I have a set of beautiful, not super-expensive wine glasses that I only use when I have guests. Why not treat myself and use them when I’m just having a glass of wine after work? If it breaks, it breaks. But they aren’t doing me any good sitting in a cabinet.
The thing that spurred this post is a gorgeous fountain pen my dad gave me for my college graduation. Many years ago. It’s a lovely, mid-range fountain pen that writes beautifully. I love it.
And I never use it.
I’m so worried about losing it or someone stealing it that it just sits in its box in a drawer in my apartment. I never even use it at home, because it seems silly to use a fountain pen to write my grocery list.
The other day, in a meeting, I noticed one of the members of upper management using a really nice fountain pen to take notes, which reminded me that I also own a nice fountain pen and never use it. And ever since, I’ve been using it at work. I don’t leave it at work – it travels with me in my work bag. But I’m actually getting some use out of it and really enjoying it.
Sure, I might lose it. Someone might steal it (and face my wrath). And I would be disappointed. But it’s not irreplaceable, and besides, what’s it worth to me taking up space in a drawer? What am I saving it for? Some things are meant to be used, not hidden away.
What are you “saving” that you should be using?
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