Last Thursday, I shared some musings on Simplicity. The biggest eye-opener for me has been seeing how much busy-ness prevents a spirit, a lifestyle of simplicity from being woven into the fabric of who I am.
Cynthia Heald discussed another hindrance to Simplicity: materialism. In our society, we are blessed with abundance. And yet, we still want more. Having stuff isn’t necessarily bad, or evil. It’s just hard to keep the “More Monster” in check sometimes. I see my friends walking around in fashionable clothes, and I want them. Never mind the fact that I have many shirts, pants, capris, and sweaters hanging in my closet.
The more stuff we have, the more time is required to maintain it. As a person who desires simplicity, I need to consider where my thoughts are regarding my stuff. Has it become an idol, taking up lots of thought energy and physical energy to care for it, to protect it? Am I storing it up, or am I allowing it to beautify my life? The quotation by William Morris challenges me to consider the stuff I have. If it isn’t something I find useful, or/and it isn’t something that adds beauty, then why do I have it? Perhaps it’s time to think about giving it away to someone who will actually appreciate it.
Simplifying the amount of stuff in my home is freeing. I sift through my clothes closet regularly, but I haven’t dug into other areas of my home where stuff tends to gather. It’s time for me to do this. To look through every room in my home and see if there are things that others would be blessed by. Hmmm, while I’m at it, maybe I need to look at stuff my heart is holding onto. Or, maybe that will be a separate post.
I don’t want my thoughts, my heart, my energy to be bogged down by all the stuff I have to deal with. It may be time to purge. I’ll pull out a couple of trash bags: One for my “Give away” stuff, and one for my “Throw away” stuff. It’s time to see what is still useful and brings beauty. The rest will go in one of these bags.
Your Turn: What are your thoughts about “stuff?” How do you keep it from managing you?