Recently, a couple of people on Twitter shared pictures of lovely old sauce boats and tea sets. Both these people said that they could never think of using these things. And I want to say to them, ‘Stop saving the good china!’
Most of us hoard ‘good’ things and don’t use them for fear that they’ll get over. I did that with stationery – something that I treasured. I’ve known people to do this with china, linen, besides clothes and shoes.
We wait to use things for a ‘special’ occasions. The problem that when that occasion final arrives, the linen is soiled, the china cups have fine lines that make them look bad and the clothes and shoes are out of fashion or don’t fit you any more!
Stop Saving The Good China
In these last two years, if we’ve learnt anything, it should be this, that life is short! We must learn to treasure our moments and treat each day as if it is a special occasion!
Start living now.
Stop saving the good china
for that special occasion.
Stop withholding your love
until that special person materializes.
Every day you are alive is a special occasion.
Every minute, every breath, is a gift from God.
– Mary Manin Morrissey
I can’t forget Erma Bombeck’s article ‘If I Had To Live My Life Over‘ that appeared in the Reader’s Digest aeons ago. It was so full of wisdom and a note of regret. It’s a reminder to remember what’s important.
I’m learning to let go of being nitpicky about things. Let the house be dusty somedays. Spend time lazing around without guilt. Let go of those ‘to-do’ list and focus on the ‘to be’ lists. Spend time talking to your loved ones instead of being to bothered about clothes or dishes piling up.
Use the good china. Write on that lovely notebook. Break open that bottle of wine. Use up those ‘good’ soaps you’ve been saving. Be nice to yourself and your loved ones.
The sad (good?) news is that we have only one life to live – so let’s live well! I’m not inviting you to be extravagant – but rather to enjoy everything you have and own while there’s still time.
(Not sure if my earlier comment went through so here it is again)
So true Corinne so very true. Use it or lose it because you can’t take it with you!
Sadly when I decided to use it parts of my wedding present tea set did get broken. A guest fell on the table knocking everything over, most of the tea set plus other crockery was smashed.
Oh well, it was nice while it lasted
Hi Cathy – So nice to see you here.
Sorry about the comments – yes, I did get another too. Thanks for your patience.
I’m imagining how you felt when the tea set smashed – and how the guest fel(l)t too!
Not a good experience. But like you say, we can’t take it with us.
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I couldn’t agree with you more!
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My husband and I are guilty of this! Thank you for the reminder that life is short, and we should enjoy these lovely things while we can. 🙂 Merry Christmas, Corinne!
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So true. Why is someone else more special than you ? You deserve to use the best too, just for yourself. It feels so good to use that nice cup for tea and those lovely plates for dinner, even if I am all alone!
I’ve hoarded things so long that they were no longer useful. I’ve tried to stop doing that. I still don’t use the “good china” often enough, but mainly because it can’t go in the dishwasher. lol. Thanks for the reminder to treat each day as a special occasion. It’s okay to be extravagant in the ordinary times too!
Things eventually look worse for wear when unused than used. Storage damages more than use, and without your enjoyment of them. Noticed that with my working clothes during the pandemic. They look shabbier in the year and a half inside the closet than when I wore them regularly.
I’m glad my mother really used her special china and cutlery. She got to enjoy them while she was alive.
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I’ve been guilty of hoarding things, of making them out to be too special to use for trivial things. And finally, when I do decide to use them, they’re either falling apart or they just don’t seem that special anymore! I’ve become better at just enjoying what I have. Why wait for a special occasion – everyday we are alive is a special day!
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