I know, that sounds like such an odd question, but what would you give up to have what you really really want? Often we think what we want is an object, but when we really think about it, long and hard, it is rarely an object that we want. We want time, family, friends, adventures, life experiences… things that can’t be purchased or put on a shelf. What is keeping us from what we really want? Most often, it is our stuff or trying to get stuff! I spend way too much time thinking. Right now it is 2:23 in the morning and I have to be up to watch my 10 week old grandson and go to an appointment and here I am… thinking.
Today my family and I went to a local environmental library. It is really neat! It is small, but it only contains books about nature, wildlife, gardening, Native Americans, health, wilderness survival and similar topics. I borrowed several books, including Stuff: The Secret Lives of Everyday Things. I haven’t gotten far in the book, but it already has me thinking. This thinking, lead to more thinking, and lead down a different road of thinking and now I sit here… thinking.
I want time, time with my family, time to do things that aren’t medically related, time to spend doing things together, time to just sit outside and look at the stars, time to read a book on a blanket by a creek, time to appreciate every breath, every moment. And what will I give up to get it? Everything material! This blog started years ago as my journey towards simplicity. That goal has always been there, but sometimes I get off track and distracted. Lately things have been pushing me back in that direction. I’m back to selling almost everything I own and working towards that goal of a simpler life. Stuff steals my time and I want my time to be with my family.
What would YOU give up to have what you really want?