peace, love, and having a mind of your own

i refuse to look at life through the lens of tradition.
i refuse to believe everything i am told.
i refuse to live a life that doesn't promote peace, love, and having a mind of your own.

02 June 2011

i’m complaining because i’m too rich.

i drive a car that's older than i am, talk on a hand-me-down cell phone, and i'm getting a need-based federal grant to go to school this fall. by the standards of california living, i feel poor.

the truth is, though, i have too much stuff. i’m sick of looking at it, thinking about it, cleaning it, moving it, updating it, arranging it, protecting it, losing interest in it, and replacing it with more stuff.

i believe that there are enough resources for everyone in the world to have what they need, but not enough for anyone to have excess unless somebody goes without. and those that have excess are not the lucky ones.

i’ve had all kinds of stuff, and it never made me happy. i’ve had all kinds of money, and i was selfish with it, and i always wanted more money. i’ve dined at a table where thousands of dollars of food and liquor were prepared for a total of eight people. you know how i felt? suffocated. [besides, do you know how many children could have survived on our breakfast? maybe all 24,000 that died that day.]

i’ve also lived out of a backbpack for eleven months. i’ve put everything i owned into the trunk of a car. i’ve given 36 pairs of shoes and 80% of my wardrobe to goodwill, and you know how i felt then? free.

i think that by cluttering my physical life with objects and property, i miss the intangible fortune of the spiritual life. i have traded pure Love and wild Freedom for new shoes and electronics.

besides, Jesus totally said it wasn’t cool to be rich.

time to de-clutter. here are the questions i am asking of my possessions: is it necessary? will i use it all the time? is it beautiful enough to look at every day? if not, i’m getting rid of it.

goodbye, bottom drawer of clothes that i “might wear someday.”
goodbye, spare anything.
goodbye, books i haven’t bothered to finish.
goodbye, random objects that remind me of good times. i’ll keep the memories without the random stuff, thanks.

comment if you think i’m crazy.

This is day 3 of #Trust30, prompted by this:
It is easy in the world to live after the world’s opinion; it is easy in solitude to live after our own; but the great man is he who in the midst of the crowd keeps with perfect sweetness the independence of solitude. - Emerson


  1. Kathryn GironimiJune 3, 2011 at 4:11 AM

    crazy in a good way!

  2. HAH! Fantastic. I've never had the nerve to give away that many pairs of shoes at once (they're kind of my babies...), but I get what you're saying. Feeling smothered in things is something I go through at least annually, but actually *letting go* is so hard to get around to.

    Everyone should have to live out of a backpack at least once:)

  3. hi, keturah-thanks for the reminder! "And He said unto them, take heed, and beware of covetousness: for a man's life consisteth not in the abundance of the things which he posesseth"(Luke 12:15).

  4. Dude... thanks for this! So needed it. Seriously miss you! ROAD TRIP!!!!!!!

  5. I'm reminded of the old D.C. Talk song that says, "If I gain the whole world, then lose my own soul, what could be said of me?" I've lived in a cluttered house, and I've lived out of a suitcase. Life was definitely simpler out of the suitcase. Great post!

    You may be interested in Joshua Millburn and Ryan Nicodemus' site, , if you haven't seen it already.

  6. @miranda-
    thank you! i subscribed to the minimalists. have you checked out any of these?
    good stuff!