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Chapter 8. Lightening Your Load > Where Your Attachment to Stuff Comes From - Pg. 80

Lightening Your Load 80 I do still save wedding and birth announcements and postcards in special files in my home office, which I empty into my memorabilia box at the end of the year. I've thrown out most of the ticket stubs, programs, magazines, and other papers that I don't need. And I finally threw out the spec- tacular Italian shoes, but I treasure the photo taken of me wearing them the day I bought them. Time Capsule Syndrome Related to the sentimentality excuse for keeping things is what I call the time capsule syndrome. Not only might you save things because they have emotional value for you, you are also determined to save them for that proverbial posterity, for some sort of historical value. According to Webster's New World Dictionary, posterity means "all of a person's descendants" or "all future generations." As with sentimentality, there's nothing wrong with saving some things that will capture a moment in time for your grandkids or for future generations not even related to you. As our society's commu- nication and creative expression become more and more electronic, and therefore not often saved in any real, physical form, it is important that we all do our part to keep some record of our times for future generations to learn from or just have a laugh over. The problem comes when you start saving anything and everything and the items become clutter rather than carefully chosen time-markers. Matter of Fact