Published: Friday, June 13 2014 9:50 p.m. MDT
We're not minimalist but it's time to purge 10 years' worth of
junk, and wow it feels good to clean out things I haven't thought about in
Too much stuff. Maybe it's time to get back to the basics of love. With out
being grateful for what you have or caring about what you have every thing and
every body is disposable. value is in the eye of the beholder.
The challenge is that our materialistic, marketing-oriented culture keeps
telling us that if we own this or that, our lives will be so much better. I
look at my neighbors who have to keep their $50K SUVs outside because their
garages are full of junk and they even rent storage space to keep more stuff
that they never use (or even know what's in their storage lockers)....
sad.About 20 years ago, there was a book and PBS TV series about
"Affluenza" -- our treadmill existence of how we strive to keep up with
the Joneses -- and it noted how people work longer hours, live in cluttered
homes, and basically have lower quality of life because of their stuff. Sadly,
our stuff kept us from having fulfilling relationships with real people. We don't own our stuff. It owns us!Today,
"Affluenza" continues, but it has been compounded by gadgets that keep
us "connected" and distracted from engaging those around us. We're
more interested in what someone has posted on Facebook than having a
conversation with someone next to us!
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