There’s a lot to be said for not much. More is less is so true don’t you think? When I last moved house, supposedly downsizing, so, so much went but I think I still have far too much. And the reason I know I have too much is that I find myself becoming concerned about my stuff. Will it continue to work? Is it achieving it’s best? Do I need to upgrade? If it broke what would I do? And scariest of all, what if it was stolen? And truth be told I could live without virtually all of it.
I have to acknowledge an attachment disorder of sorts but I’m dealing with it and step by step a freedom is moving into my space.Yes, I will always have stuff because there are things that just make life more pleasurable such as my super duper coffee machine. And books! I love a good read but now I finish a book and give it away. Things I haven’t used in years, unless there’s an overriding reason, are parting company with me. The less I have the less I am invested and the less concerned I am.
Travelling has taught me how it is quite possible to live comfortably out of a single bag and how my interests are no longer on my possessions and I can appreciate life all around me.
Possessions are such a deception. We really don’t need that many. So let’s decide we will choose carefully and be sure that whatever we have is adding to our lives. If it’s causing concern, if it needs excessive energy, if your thoughts are going often to it, it really is more of a burden than a life enhancement.
Have you ever read any of Lee Child’s Reacher novels? Jack Reacher travels the world with just his toothbrush, passport and wallet. That’s it. I know, a bit extreme but an idea and if Reacher sits at one end of a spectrum and a collection of yatch owning oligarchs sit at the other end, you’ll find me a lot nearer Reacher and finding contentment.
It’s not about discarding the things you love, it’s about learning to love the most important things you have and then be content.
See how much you need this week…and what you don’t.