Thursday, March 03, 2011

My things own me

I am at a loss of words to explain the weather, nor do I want to dwell on it at any length.  But ... THERE IT IS... I'm getting a tad pissed off.   It was cold last year too...but this year is different.  We will be moving 4 miles further south this year so next year I should be basking in the sun by this time.....heh.

I was thinking about all the stuff we have  that will have to be moved.  Which is just STUFF,  Then I read a favorite blog .....she, her husband and children spend their lives sailing around the world.  They work and travel.  There last stop was New Zealand to aquire more money to sail.  She talks of travelling light because of their lifestyle, but I think it could be more than that.  This is what she says about your stuff.

Toast Floats

Your things own you.

It is a mistake to believe the common myth that you buy things and then you own them. In reality, you work very hard at some task and then convert that effort into stuff which then consumes your very reason for being. You pile and store and stash. You organize and inventory and display. It lives in your basement and under the bed. It sits in the driveway or hangs on the wall. And every bit of that stuff has ties to your soul, your reason and your sanity. It requires effort to keep it and money to sustain it. It needs a place to live, and it builds friends and a following and a life of its own. Your things are alive in your life, influencing your behavior and decisions in ways that even your family frequently fails to achieve.

Now that my friends is someone who get's it and has the words to say it.


Sally said...

Very well said, and like a friend of mine once said "stuff-you never see a u-haul following the hearse."

Have a great weekend, Joan. :)

judemiller1 said...

I have down sized my "stuff" a lot in the last few years--necessitated by moves from a larger home to a medium home to this small home. Now, I am ruthless at getting rid of stuff that I really don't need. I keep thinking that my daughters will have an easier time cleaning out and going through Mom's stuff when I die. I've helped clean our 2 old ladies homes and I can tell you--it is interesting what they keep. Why would one need magazines from the 80's--3 trash bags full and the other think she needed 150 I Can't Believe I'ts Not Butter tubs? Get rid of the clutter! It will be easier on you and your loved ones in the end.

Donna said...

I know it all very well! It took us 3 years to sell our home. While we waited, we had yard sales, gave things away, and sold much. After we sold the house and lived in the rental while we built, we sold and gave away more! And we STILL have too much stuff, LOL! We downsized to a home with 40 less square footage and a lot that is smaller than all our previous flowerbeds combined. Needless to say, we will be having more garage sales as soon as the weather gets warmer! Have fun packing!!!