Simplicity. It is harder to embrace than one could possibly imagine. Yet, it is the times when I am without the baggage of ownership when I have been happiest. It is a weight like a backpack that bogs us down and until you take it off you have no idea of the burden.
I've readily embraced this mantra backpacking. I have the smallest pack I can possibly use for mountaineering. And every trip, be it overnight or a week it is full. This is also the lesson of houses of which mine is quite comfortable. But a box or a bag must be filled. It is time to shed this weight so I can do more of what I love: travel, be it globetrotting or just comradere with old friends.
Continuing through John December's Live Simple, I inventoried my stuff (well, the big items beyond my outdoor gear and tools) and was surprised at its brevity:
|Item Inventory||Support Goals?|
|Bookshelf||Yes, but books should be thinned |
|Computer Desk Chair||Yes|
|Desk||Yes, as workspace for laptop (employer owned) and file storage|
|Desk Chair||No, only need one chair|
|Computer & Printer||Yes|
|Bed||Yes, but could be more practical|
|Washer & Dryer||Possibly|
|Table & Chairs||Yes, but could be more practical|
|Loveseat||Yes, but could be more practical|
|Sofa||Yes, but could be more practical|
|End Table||Yes, but could be more practical|
|Coffee Table||Yes, but could be more practical|
|TV/Stereo Cabinet||Yes, but could be more practical|
|Indoor Plants (3)||Yes, but could be more practical|
|Pots & Rack||Yes|
|Coffee Pot||Yes, but could drink less|
|Toaster||Yes, but not necessary|
|Toaster Oven||Possibly, duplicity with oven|
|Plates & Bowls||Yes|
|Tableware & Utensils||Yes|
|Crock Pot ||Yes |
|Patio Table & Chairs ||Yes, provided not readily available outdoor seating|
This is challenging. I only had the guts to say "No" to a duplicate desk chair that isn't really that comfortable. The loveseat and sofa fell close to this category, but at least one of them is nice to have to relax. I think I need to step back and examine the list again later. It is not that large, only 29 items.
Now I did leave a lot off of the list. All my tools, tents, packs, bikes, holiday stuff and clothes. These will have to be examined later. I also restricted it to items of a certain size. For example none of my 7 pocket knives were inventoried. But it is a starting point.
As I wrote earlier, my move to Idaho was based entirely off of the fact that I came to value time more than money. If I can live simply, my money will go much farther and I will be better able to enjoy the time that I do have. It is far easier to come up with money than time. Only one of the two is an artificial.
How often we forget.