Are we working to build and create a life that we love, or are we working to buy things that society tells us that we need. Look at your surroundings, are you surrounded by things that are purposeful and add value to your life, or are you surrounded by things that are name brand and make it seem like you are wealthy or trendy. I recently watched a documentary about minimalism and it really got me thinking. Basically the documentary is about minimizing your life and the things in your life down to things that only add value, serve a purpose or making you a better person/happier because of their presence. And then I took a look at my living room which was stuffed with toys. What am I teaching Addison to value? How can she appreciate her toys when there are so many they are just in piles around the house. And so we purged. Addison and I went through many of her toys (I did my best to explain that they are going to boys and girls who dont have any toys). Some she struggled to bid adieu to and others were easily given the nod of approval to give away. It.felt.so.good.
Then I had to look a little deeper at myself. Why do I constantly feel the need to buy her all these things, why do I personally want so many things. We want that temporary fix, that temporary high you get when you buy something and we fool ourselves into thinking those things will bring us happiness. But yet we walk away feeling just as empty, quickly racking our brain for the next thing we want to purchase, the next thing we “need”. How can we ever truly appreciate what we have if we are continuously stuffing more and more things into our homes? I encourage you to take a look in your home and find some things that you are willing to part with. Ask yourself, is the useful, does this make me a better person and does this add value to my life? If the answer is no, then DONATE! I promise you will feel better!
Society tells us that you need the latest and greatest, nicest and newest to amount to anything. What you own does not define you. Do you want people at your funeral to say “she had such a nice Louis Vuitton purse” or “she drove the newest version of a Mercedes”. I want to be remembered for the relationships I formed, the service I did in my community, the love I had for my family and friends. We can’t take it with us when we leave people. So I urge you to reflect and ask yourself what do I value and how can I reveal that to others with the way I live my life. Let’s work on letting go of the material things and focus more on people and how we can leave this world a better place.
I love each of you and hope you are inspired