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In 2011 Ronnie Cahana suffered a severe stroke that left him with locked-in syndrome: completely paralyzed except for his eyes. While this might shatter a normal person’s mental state, Cahana found peace in “dimming down the external chatter,” and “fell in love with life and body anew.” In a somber, emotional talk, his daughter Kitra shares how she documented her father's spiritual experience, as he helped guide others even in a state of seeming helplessness. Read the transcript & see more talks at TED.com
I realized it this morning as I was cleaning – mess comes down to one thing: knowing what to keep and what to throwaway.
I was peeling potatoes this afternoon, and the first peeler I took out had a dull blade. On the spot, I had two choices.
I could rinse and put the dull peeler back in the drawer so that next time I peel potatoes I can repeat the whole process: pull it out of the drawer, attempt to use it, realize anew it doesn’t work, save it as an emergency backup just in case, and leave it to take up space.
Or I could just throw it out, right there into the pile of peels, and buy a new one.
It all makes sense on paper, right? Throw it out! But you start to take into consideration the variables. And you start hearing the voices, all those voices that come into play like the ones that say things like, “Don’t waste!” or “Don’t throw it out; maybe you’ll need it one day.”
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