i read a book called "clear your clutter with feng shui" or some title similar to that. the author made a good point by telling a story. she had a crappy boyfriend. she had a small boombox. one day she and the guy were having an argument and the guy kicked her boombox. they broke up at some point after that, and the boombox still worked, it just had a small knob or something broken when the guy kicked it. but it still played music w no problem. but she reallized, quite a while after that, that every time she looked at the boombox, she saw the damage, felt irritated and sometimes even only subconsciously, she was reminded of the fight, the guy, the bad relationship, etc. She made this breakthrough and realized that looking at that boombox made her feel stuff she was sick of feeling. so she decided to give it away to her friend...it was only minor damage and the friend was thrilled to have something to play music on. and the author felt better b/c she could stop feeling the reminders of the stupid guy!~
there is another one that she tells and i can't quite recall it but it basically is a guy saying well, if someone steals my stereo, then i guess the universe needed it back-i'm not relaying it right, but i guess the whole point is that we only own things temporarily anyways, and we won't be taking it with us when we die, so we could get all freaked out about somebody stealing something (or if we got rid of stuff, etc) or we can go with the flow of the universe and say well, it was on loan, i guess the repo man came to get it!