Thursday, June 29, 2006

Needing Simplicity

This morning when I got up, it felt good, satisfyingly good to sit in my rocker and look at the simplicity of my newly polyurethane floors. No extra "stuff" around, just plain and simple.
I thought about a couple things while I sat there mindlessly rocking away and sipping my iced Chai.
Shopping yesterday was mind boggling to me. I don't ever shop all day, never ! And watching so many people carry bags and bags of things to their cars amazed me. What on earth was everyone buying, I was shopping for a wedding of nearly 200 people. So it felt justifiable for me to be filling up the back of the station wagon (91 Taurus, just about 200,000 miles on it)
No matter how hard I try, the idea of how much stuff everyone has, haunts me. I just don't understand the need to have so much. Maybe part of me has this level of idealism that just can't go away. If we would just share what extra we have with those in need or not spend and help others more, or if we would just not have so much so life would be simpler and people would not have to work for "stuff" but for simple things like food and shelter. Certainly people need some entertainment, but not so much that they go into debt for it.
When I was moving things in the living room to do the floors, I surprised myself by having all these things that had to be moved. Cutsie things that delight the eye for the first week you own them then they sorta just grow on you and you hardly notice them.
Today, there is going to be a lot listed on our freecycle list. Cutsie things, with dust on them.
Mentally I keep a running list of people that I admire. People that have impacted the world with their lives.
Gandhi, The Dalai Lama, Mother Teresa, Thoreau, John Muir, Jesus, George Mueller and I know there are a few more that I am just not remembering at this time. But not a one of them lived with a desire for "things". "The acquirers" of the world never seem to be the folk that change the world for the better in a selfless, without an agenda (to make themselves look better) sort of way.
So no matter how hard I try, I just cannot justify paying for stuff that I don't need but just want to look at or have someone else look at and say, "oh my, isn't that lovely, where did you get that, or oh what a treasure" !
And if you use it, you have to decide HOW MANY do you need of the same thing.
Simple living is still my goal.
On that note, I will try to get some pictures of the wedding things I bought yesterday and wonder if I should eat my words on simplicity : )


Alena said...

wow, Patty, I love your floor, great job!!! good luck with all the wedding preparations, so far it looks really exotic with all those costumes and jewlery, lovely...

Alex said...

I jsut had to comment. Your post was exactly what I have been thinking about for the past couple of days. the sheer amount of "stuff" we accumulate in hopes that it will bring some form of pleasure/happiness...but "stuff" never does , does it?...

Simple living is my goal too..

Linda said...

One of the things I love about this blog is that you wrestle with these issues -- "stuff" versus simplicity and so forth. I love that you're not advising us from the perfection of your spartan room with the one perfect vase and the tatami mat. It makes it much more real and homey to me that striving for a simple life can include a full and well-loved china hutch. Thank you!

Tina said...

Patty, I understand how you feel, I love the simple things in life, but I also struggle with stuff, some stuff I will never get rid of because 20 years later the stuff still brings me joy but then there are the things that I thought I must have and now just find to be clutter or don't bring joy any more...The one thing for sure that I never seem to tire of are shoes and skirts, I wish I could part with some of them but so far I haven't been able to...
Lot's of Luv and Hugs Tina

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