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What Can't You Get by Without?

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by Geraldine Massey (subscribe)
I'm an experienced corporate communicator and editor with an eye for interesting events and an attachment to my trusty Oxford dictionary.
Published August 25th 2011
What can't you get by without? What are the things that make the world a more pleasant place for you? The ones that would leave a hole in your life if you could never experience them again.

There's always the "what you'd take with you in a fire" test to make you think about what you really value. The usual things for most people are no-brainers – spouse, children, pets, photos, mementos – and that's exactly as it should be.

Or you could try the "what things you'd want with you on a desert island" test. But what about those more intangible things that enrich life? Things, experiences, moments that bring poetry, joy and meaning into your life in profound ways that go far beyond their intrinsic value. Things like a baby's laughter, beach sunrises, the smell of freshly-mown grass, a really good cup of coffee.



What does it for you? My own list would have to include drifts of autumn leaves – their crackle and colour always make me smile; sharing a Friday night bottle of champagne with my husband to mark the end of the working week; books, books and more books – old friends in dust jackets that can inspire, entertain or comfort; the sound of rain on a tin roof; and the spectacle of a mighty summer storm.

What about you? Whatever city you're in, what can't you get by without?
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I agree with you about the books! I couldn't live without my camera though...a must-have to capture all life's lovely memories!
By Anonymous
Saturday, 27th of August @ 08:42 am
I have many things that I love in my life. Like my huge book or dvd collection, or my electronics that I can't seem to go a day without. But there is one thing that I just couldn't get by without, and that is my four nieces. There isn't one thing that I could pinpoint, but they bring so much wonder into my life.

From the quirky things they say, to their dainty hugs, or the way they always end up kicking me in the stomach when they sleep over. I think they are all such amazing girls, and I love watching them grow up in front of my eyes.

I used to think that I couldn't get through life without having my own children. Now I know that even if that day never comes, I have these four amazing people that I have helped shape who make me smile every day. :)
By Natasha Stewart - senior reviewer
Saturday, 27th of August @ 01:35 pm
I could not possibly agree more about the thought of living without books. As my Grandmother and I both often say, “If I don’t have a good book, I’ll read anything. I’ll read the back of the cereal box if that’s all there is.”
Also, I would never survive without music. The world would be such a horrifically colorless place.
By Stephen de Jager - senior reviewer
Wednesday, 14th of September @ 07:42 am
Thanks Stephen,
That's a saying I remember my grandfather using as well. Nice to be reminded of it.
By Geraldine Massey - senior reviewer
Wednesday, 14th of September @ 09:39 am

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