Remember that post about stuff, you know, on consuming things and stuff? It’s been my life since I wrote it. Working on a massive purge of stuff from my home. Making many visits to Goodwill, passing some things along to friends (seems like I’m not alone in not wanting stuff these days), bracing for big change.
I noticed that even though I keep getting rid of all this stuff, I still have so much stuff! Wow. I mean, it’s been hitting me in ways it’s never hit me before. As I go through box after box and hesitantly sever sentimental ties to objects, I reflect on what it took to get to this point. Now, let me set the record straight, I am not a hoarder. I’m not even all that sentimental. I formerly had a policy in place to never throw out a postcard. I’ve cancelled that policy, effective immediately. I have just acquired stuff. I’m getting older, it happens!
As I sift, filter, donate and (regrettably) trash things, I look around and think to myself, “I still have so much stuff!” It makes me feel like I’m eating a giant bowl of noodles that just never seems to end. You eat and eat and eat and the bowl is still full. Has that ever happened to you? It’s delicious of course, but eventually you just feel full, and possibly even terrible. (A lot like a hungry ghost! Check out this wonderful book Instructions to the Cook: A Zen Master’s Lessons in Living a Life That Matters to learn more…)
This has all been an amazing life lesson and has completely informed my desire to consume stuff. I’d love to hear from you:
What makes something special to you?
How do you manage your own stuff?
What kind of things do you accumulate the most?
What do you wish you consumed less of?
For the record, I probably accumulate books the most (it used to be shoes)! I also like markers, pens & notebooks. And I tend to like to buy a new dress for a special occasion (weddings, etc). And clothes, but soooo much less than I used to. So much less.
I consume LOTS of healthy and nutritious food and have absolutely no regrets about it!
One last thing, I can’t get enough of the cold sesame noodles at Han Dynasty! You should try them sometime, but don’t eat too much