“In addition to appreciating the intangibles, I think having fewer things makes you appreciate those things that much more. I believe the capacity for appreciating material objects is finite, which means that the more stuff you possess the more diluted that appreciation becomes. I would much rather have a higher appreciation for a few things than a lower appreciation for many.”
Great observation! One striking painting on the wall of a sparse room is much more noticeable than the same one in a room cluttered with furniture and other art. A few things of quality are preferable to a roomful of kitsch, and much easier to love.
“Helpful and inspirational weekly messages.
You could almost start a new religion.”
It may be called Buddhism.
“Isn't it also true that we can understand people on one rung below us (less educated, less ambitious, less successful perhaps) but fail to understand people far below (homeless, criminal, mentally ill)? Our connections to others don't take us very far.”
So true, Adele! I hadn't thought about the downward trend, but it's true. It's so easy to think, "Why can't they just . . . " or "How could they do something like that," without much comprehension. Do you think it’s a failure of imagination or of desire? The monks seemed to understand and forgive everybody. It’s a skill to work on.
“Remind me to tell you of the story of the Tibetan monks who escaped over the Himalayas into India. The key word is "inconvenience". That story has kept me going.
"You would be proud of me. I cleaned two night table drawers out. But I keep buying knitting books….I would have to be as old as an Alp to knit all that stuff.”
Come on, Donna. Tell us the story about the monks!
“I had to be involved in a friend's funeral this week, including hosting the lunch after the church service. I managed it because I just kept on moving, but it did dawn on me that it would have been easier to function without looking for things through all the claptrap. This including having my guest room full of all the junk that had to be moved when I just did recarpeting. And now I needed to host two sets of houseguests in the midst of it all! Why did I have two desks and a bookcase full of so much junk?! All these possessions just impede me from living my life clearly and easily.”
The important thing is that you were working at it even before this happened. You know what to do and are doing it and are on your way to a streamlined life. At such a sad time, if you give house guests comforting food to eat and drink, and make them feel welcome, they don’t notice the clutter anyway.