Discardia is celebrated by getting rid of stuff and ideas you no longer need. It's about letting go, abdicating from obligation and guilt, being true to the self you are now. Discardia is the time to get rid of things that no longer add value to your life, shed bad habits, let go of emotional baggage and generally lighten your load. - Dinah Sanders
Discardia was the theme of today's a2b3 Thursday lunch.
We talked of family emptying years of accumulation as their inheritances, including removing acres of scrap metal from a farm, organizing two day long estate sales, auctioning old books off by the case, and dealing with the environmental impact of 200 old tires. Some of that meant quite a bit of money and some family bonding time; others of it was stories of incredible hassles.
Balancing that, of course, was the urge to collect, whether it be Nigerian fraud email, fairy door drawing from your kids, books you've read or would like to read, web pages about Ann Arbor, handwritten notebooks, online notebooks, or any of the things in the physical world. Physical world stuff - tools, two-by-four remnants, scrap metal, pig-themed trinkets, fish-themed trinkets, books, books, more books, paper (sorted or unsorted) take up a lot more space, but the online things occupy your brain too.
What are you doing for discardia? We've been emptying kitchen cupboards of unused pans - one piece that's on its way out is a broiling pan (Not Much Use In A Vegetarian Household).