When anything truly important happens in your life, wherever you happen to be, find a stick in the immediate vicinity and write the occasion and date on it. Keep these sticks together, protect them. There shouldn’t be too many; sort through them every few years and separate the events that remain genuinely important from those that once were but are no longer. You know the difference.Throw the rest out. When you are very old, very sick, or sure there’s not much time left to live, put them together and burn them. The marriage of sticks.
— Jonathan Carroll (from THE MARRIAGE OF STICKS )