Yesterday I asked what you most valued?
Were you able to make a list? If so, did you find yourself listing more items than you would like? Valuing something in and of itself isn’t necessarily a bad thing.
Valuing something you worked hard for, makes you appreciate the effort you put into obtaining it. You want to protect it, take care of it, and make sure it does what it’s supposed to do. The question is: how tightly are you holding onto that item?
As the saying goes, “you brought nothing into this world, so you can’t taking anything out of it.”
Have you ever sat down and thought about that? EVERYTHING you have, you have either been given, you made, found, or have purchased it. EVERYTHING. Sit and ponder that thought for a second.
When you start to think about that, do you find yourself hanging onto items a little more tightly? Do you become more proud of what you have made or earned? Again, those initial thoughts aren’t necessarily negative, but if one day, all of your possessions were “poof”, gone, how would you react?
One of the biggest lessons in “stuff” can be found, sadly enough, when someone passes away. I do not say that lightly and I understand that when someone passes away, that it is the families left behind, that are now responsible for that person’s stuff. I don’t know about you, but I don’t want my family to be overwhelmed if all of a sudden something tragically happened. I do not want my family to be burdened with my inability to keep a decluttered home, and while they are grieving, have to deal with the stress of my stuff. I know that is maybe a different way of looking at a situation like this, but I have heard too many stories from others, who have been so overwhelmed with the amount of stuff in their beloved’s home, that they have no idea where to turn. I personally do not want to cause my family stress.
Again, that is a completely hypothetical situation, yet in reality, it is true for so many. We took nothing into this world and we can take nothing out. I am not saying that you should go and sell all of your possessions. FAR from that. In fact, I think we are given things to enjoy. But how much is too much? How much can we really be GOOD stewards of? How much can we have, without it just sitting there, going to waste?
A few thoughts to ponder, as you consider how tightly you hold onto your possessions. This maybe was an interesting take on this subject, but I can’t tell you how many emails/comments I have received when it comes to family’s possessions. Think about what you have and what you own.
Is it too much?