Changing email addresses is not all it is cracked up to be

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I’ve been awake for two hours, and working for about 90 minutes so far today.  It’s just after noon my time, and I’ve been a busy bug.  Between backing up my hard drive, and reviewing my accounts, I’ve decided to do a quick survey of the email account I’ve had for years.

I love windows live mail, it works great, and is sufficient for all of my needs, but one.  I’ve had this old yahoo email address for as long as I have been computing.  I do not want to pay for a service that would ship that email to windows live mail.  Shucks, I pay for enough these days.  This account has almost become a part of my identity.  Yet I have no qualms about changing my phone number to suit my current needs.

Yahoo does provide excellent services to its members, don’t get me wrong.  Over the years I’ve joined and enjoyed many yahoo groups, as well as played games and chat.  Yet, I have moved on from that part of my life.  I am active in many other areas and have interests above and beyond what yahoo can offer.  I have been going through my “saved emails” file, and I don’t even represent the person who sent or received those emails over the years anymore.

I’ve adopted a “keep it simple” lifestyle.  I live one moment at a time, and enjoy life for its own sake.  When I started the “purge” of things that complicate my life, I had over 10 email addresses, I had three blogs, and I had three facebook accounts and two twitter accounts. I deleted 3 other yahoo email accounts in the past week, 2 facebook accounts, and have updated my windows live emails to reflect my current needs.

Clutter is something that not just overwhelms, but depresses and holds people back.  It keeps people in the past, and the present is hard enough to deal with.  When I started to become aware of my problem as a hoarder, I realized that it was going to take months, years even to clear away the clutter and wreckage I had accumulated.  I saw that not only was the clutter a major health problem, it was a psychological one.  It was a problem that had me overdrawn with pain and grief.  I realized that if something is not needed for survival, then it is not truly necessary.

In hanging on to this email account, I’ve been hanging on to the past.  In hanging on to the clutter, I have realized that I have been limiting my options for the future.  Therefore, the purge continues.

My ultimate goal is to have only three email accounts.  One for the blog, one for personal stuff, and one to keep my phone contacts up to date.  I wish that the phone technology would be such that I could sync my contacts via my isp, but if it is even possible I have no clue how to do it.

That’s all for now, I’m still pitching what I can when I can.



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