I have a collection of peculiar personal policies. From the non-use of towels, to failing to capitalize the pronoun i, to not apologizing. There is another practice which i embrace which i would ask you to consider.
If ever i am wearing something that someone else is attracted to, we have a conversation something like this:
“i like that shirt”
“would you wear it if it was yours?” i inquire
i take off the shirt and give it to them. Recently this happened with one of my all time favorite t-shirts from the anarchist book store in Philly, the wooden shoe.
Micha (Fabian‘s dad) is now wearing it and i could not be happier. This conversation happened again this evening while i was at Acorn. Ginger noticed i was wearing an Illuminati conspiracy logo t-shirt.
She is excited about the Illuminati conspiracies and quickly gains control of my shirt, in exchange for a nice pie chart “peace” shirt from the Acorn Commie Clothes. Unsurprisingly, this shirt made it’s way to me via the Twin Oaks Commie Clothes system.
So i dare you. The next time someone compliments something of yours, offer it to them forcefully, genuinely – try to get them to take it from you as a gift. See what it feels like. Maybe it is time for you to be less materialistic and more generous. Maybe.