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Troubling thoughts on a sleepless night

KATHRYN YARBRO
Guest columnist

My sleepless night was blamed on medication prescribed for a bad case of gout in the big toe and foot.
I tossed, tumbled and scratched for hours before getting up to eat the rest of the leftover cinnamon buns and having a glass of orange juice since I was already in the kitchen.
Back to bed and trying to settle my mind enough to get some rest. After I had given some thought to how to clear the houses in Washington of all the troublemakers, I began thinking about stuff that I could get rid of around here.
If I clear out some stuff around the house, will I want it back next year? Will I ever need it again? Did I ever really need it? And what is the difference between need and want?
These questions can be troublesome during a long night. But I can’t help wondering if we lived without a lot of stuff just hanging on how much better off we would be.
That throws me back to some of what’s going on in DC. Do we really need all those argumentative people to keep our government going? Is this really how to get something done? How about sending half of the lawmakers home? Could we decide on who to move and who to keep? Would we still have to pay that hefty salary?
This could be worse than throwing out the baby clothes from long ago. It would be hard to decide whether to keep the shirts or the shoes. Neither seems to be worth keeping, just taking up space.
It’s hard to believe that we have kept many things around longer than we need them. Things that don’t contribute to our daily lifestyle keep getting in the way of our needs.
Our needs change as we age and some things could be tossed out and replaced with something that would be more useful.
But I’ve noticed that things that have been around a long time are harder to get rid of.
So I guess that I will have to keep that cedar chest that was among the first pieces of furniture we bought over 60 years ago.
The chest has a place of its own. It collects all magazines, newspapers, insurance policies, a basket of pencils, phone books, nail files and junk.
That’s just the top of it.  What’s inside would likely be a surprise as like many other things that found a spot somewhere, they made it a permanent place and never had to leave.

Kathryn Yarbro is former managing editor of the Lincoln Times-News.

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