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Tame Your Inner Rat or the Big Cleanse

Tame Your Inner Rat or the Big Cleanse

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Published by Victoria Evangelina
"To better understand a [former] Soviet man, go have a look at what he keeps on his balcony, says a line in one of my favorite monologues by Yevgenii Petrosyan, a very famous Russian comic actor. There you’ll find everything that you might ever need (and with luck, will never need): a bottom half of a ski, 3-year old jars of cherry preserves, numerous tins with plants, stacked on top of each other like plates on a Georgian festivities table."
"To better understand a [former] Soviet man, go have a look at what he keeps on his balcony, says a line in one of my favorite monologues by Yevgenii Petrosyan, a very famous Russian comic actor. There you’ll find everything that you might ever need (and with luck, will never need): a bottom half of a ski, 3-year old jars of cherry preserves, numerous tins with plants, stacked on top of each other like plates on a Georgian festivities table."

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06/17/2009

 
Tame your Inner Rat or the Big Cleanse of Spring
© Victoria Evangelina Belyavskaya
21.03.2008
”Get rid of what you do not wantto make room for what you do want”Catherine Ponder,
The Dynamic Laws of Prosperity
To better understand a [former] Soviet man, go have a look at whathe keeps on his balcony, says a line in one of my favoritemonologues by Yevgenii Petrosyan, a very famous Russian comicactor. There you’ll find everything that you might ever need (andwith luck, will never need): a bottom half of a ski, 3-year old jars of cherry preserves, numerous tins with plants, stacked on top of eachother like plates on a Georgian festivities table.For a local example, look up when passing the high apartment buildings of Saburtalo. You will see Them – The Balconies. With the lack of living space, whichonly few of the traditionally big Georgian families do not suffer from, balconies became theexpression of hope for the times when one has time to: repair the ski, trim the plants, finish building the wooden airplane model; and the backup for the feared, but slightly anticipated timesof hardship: shelves and shelves of preserves that had passed the expiration date long ago, the“one-day-I’ll-sell-you” bicycle frames, bags of clothes asking to be brought to a charityfoundation.The Big Cleanse of Spring, so universal and yet so unique to the countries of the former SovietUnion leaves the balconies regalities religiously untouched. With years, this clutter accumulatesand gets expended into the flat. What is interesting, there must be some stuff-accumulating virusin Georgia: many ex-pats I know came here with hardly a dozen boxes and left the country withtons of possessions, despite the ongoing complaints that it is impossible to find anything here:decent not horribly over-priced clothing, furniture, books… or it is just our Inner Rats makethemselves habitually busy acquiring and stocking possessions to keep “mine” and provide for the future in the universal scarcity – based behavior of fear. On top of this, the naпve humannature, moved by the skillful advertisements playing on its wish to renewing, longs for more and better of everything and preferably right now.Feng Shui, the art and science based on the ancient Chinese understanding of energy flows,underlines that there won’t be any harmony and balance unless one gets rid of old, worn out,redundant possessions and frees the space for the new and better to come along. Don’t use thosecracked tea cups, don’t collect the piles of old magazines, and, even though faintly hoping tofinally loose weight next month, stop wearing those badly fitted clothes you grew out of severalyears agoThe Law of Attraction, the New Wave of thinking much talked about after the movies “What theBleep Do We (K)now” and “The Secret” supports the ancient wisdom. One of its core principles:“Ask and it is given” is based on the accepting the infinite abundance of the Universe and the

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