One of the things I do in my job is visit people in nursing homes.


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Nursing homes, by and large, are quite good places. I used to joke that I was planning to move into one when I turned 40. All your cleaning and cooking is done for you. You have friends and activities on tap, pay TV on a big screen and few expectations. Then I turned 40!

One way visiting nursing homes has kept me grounded is realising that one day, all my earthy possessions will need to fit in one room with one wardrobe. We know we can’t take it with us, and possessions shouldn’t possess or define us.

So, next time you’re thinking about what you should keep and what you should give away consider – would this make it into my one small wardrobe?

Paul Clark’s musings can be heard on radio across Australia and at