We are our stuffs

By Alpha Miguel-Sanford

Photo of Michael Warren (Google stock file)


Yes, that is true – we are our stuffs. Our stuffs are us!

We are attracted to an object, an artwork, a book or anything because there is at least one single reason why. It could perhaps be a reminder of our childhood, our loved ones, our memories from the past. It could perhaps be our photographic memory taking us back to the emotions we have felt previously. Our stuffs are powerful as they speak for who we are, what we value and how we shape or plan for tomorrow.

Interior designers understand this concept. They know this simple philosophy of designing: in small spaces, they encourage house owners to carefully select a few pieces of furniture, wall decor and even photographs which they associate themselves closely. Their houses must describe the interests they have in life; what are their hobbies, their accomplishments and even sometimes their failures.

In Boston, Michael Warren presented his photographic project on “Somebodies” in the 2010 TEDx. In this project, he asked people to bring anything at his studio; anything that means a lot to them; anything that they care about; anything that has sentimental value to them. Some people brought old shirts. Some brought   toys, like the 6-year old Ayden who brought “Bakugan”. Others brought jewelry, a sewing machine, helmet – you see where I am going.

But the most memorable photo from his project was from Ron, who brought Kleenex tissues from his late wife, Lisa. I was moved by his story (which you can read below) because of how authentic his feelings are and how it made me realize that no matter the cost, or how little we thought of some things, some people out there believe that there is some “meanings” to them!  

How about you?

If you were asked to bring a personal item that has value or meaning to you, what would it be?

Share us your thoughts.


About the Author: Alpha Miguel-Sanford, is the founder and editor of Aspire.Motivate.Succeed, a personal development website, with the vision of educating and inspiring individuals in their pursuit of happiness and success. You can contact her at amsdaily@yahoo.com, follow and like her on Facebook Page AMSDaily and be friends with her on Twitter @identitysolved.