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September 02, 2006

Writing and Healing Idea #5: A Shopping Spree


You are again invited to suspend disbelief.  In this case you are invited to imagine that you have five thousand dollars to spend solely on something—anything—any combination of things—that will contribute to your healing.  Your task is to prepare a list of how you would spend this five thousand dollars if the sum were handed to you tomorrow.  In addition, you can, if you’d like, include a narrative as to why these particular purchases might be important to your healing.  If, after careful consideration, you decide that you need more than five thousand dollars, then go ahead and write about that. 


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I have found that I have bought more in the last six months since my wife died than in our prior 22 years together (16 married). Spending sprang out of me spontaneously, I did not intend it or plan it. I have found it to be cathartic - something emotionally satisfying. Also a little worrying, I do not wish to break the bank to feel better.
I know I have spent over $5,000 so far, and I know I am not done spending or healing yet - not that the two are directly related.
Anyway, I am glad that I can spend this and that it makes some positive difference in my emotional state. If you can afford it, I recommend it!

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