Thursday, March 14, 2013

Day 74, March 14

Recently I came across an article about extreme downsizing, citing individuals who had sold and/or given away all of their possessions.  They moved on to their new lives with only a few pieces of clothing.  I wondered what that would be like.  The truth is, I like my stuff.  I like my comfy bed.  I like my pretty purses.  And so on.

Then I started to wonder if I liked them too much.  Do I possess my things or do they possess me?  This question is certainly not original with me.  It is easy to get caught up in our possessions.  Every once in a while I'll watch the television program Hoarders.  I shudder at the messes portrayed and give myself a mental pat on the back that at least I'm not "that bad."

After a reality shot of how bad things could get, I get busy and compile a box of  stuff to be taken to Goodwill or some other such place.  How do I reward myself for this noble act?  Well, I go out and get more stuff.  It's a vicious cycle.

So, for today, I am grateful for people who downsize and encourage me to do the same.

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