I saw a TED lecture today about simplifying your life for more happiness. It examined the idea that less may actually be more and it reminded me of a conversation I’d had some time ago with my Dad.

Dad said to me, “Next time you’re down, you should get your stuff out of my shed.”

“What stuff?” I queried.

“I don’t know what it is. It’s in boxes, but the boxes have your name on them.”, he replied.

Since the stuff in question, had been left there going on three decades ago and I didn’t have the foggiest idea what it was. I told Dad, “Ask Doug (Dad’s neighbor) to move it out to the curb next trash day or I can do it next time I get down there.”

“What if it’s important?” he asked.

“Well since I haven’t needed any of it in nearly 30 years and can’t even remember what it is, it can’t be that important. Besides if I look through it, I might think I need it and then I’ll have to store it.” I replied.

We soon got to talking about something else, ukuleles probably, and we both forgot this conversation. As far as I know that ‘stuff’ is still in Dad’s shed. Anyway here is the TED talk I saw.


Smile when you play that!