Grab a coffee or something, because I’ve spoken a mouthful of words today.
Never say I didn’t warn you.
My philosophy of living life is changing. This change is not sudden, but rather something that has been evolving over the last five or six years. I’ve noticed that the way I live is being streamlined, yet is fuller. I need less, but want more – more life, less stuff.
It’s this idea of abundant living that’s been floating around in my head. Every once in a while it finds the solid ground it needs to flourish.
I realized that if I am weighted down with stuff, I won’t have time to live abundantly. I will be working to manage my things, instead of enjoying my things.
Let me give you a simple example.
I have a rather large collection of milk glass. Do I like it? I definitely do. I think it’s beautiful, and some of it I use everyday. The remainder takes up precious real estate in my closet and collects dust on my shelves. I work to maintain it, because I breed dust bunnies as a hobby.
I like my collection, but I don’t want to spend even a small portion of my life working to maintain my collection. I would rather take my resources (time, energy, finances) and invest them in something or someone more profitable.
Now don’t think I’m being selfless, because maybe it’s more selfish than not. I also have no intention of over-spiritualizing this thought, but I do have every intention of enjoying the people God has placed in my life.
I also plan on enjoying life itself.
I believe God gives us one chance in life. Since I won’t be coming back as an Egyptian princess who spends her days belly dancing, I have a deep desire to make the most of this life. I know it’s not all about personal pleasure, there’s more to life than feeling good; however, I do think God created an unbelievable universe for us to enjoy.
Many of us who claim to ‘know God’ miss this point. Somehow we equate being Godly with being miserable.
Think about it.
God gives us wonderful gifts in this life, merely for our pleasure. He didn’t have to make sunsets for us to watch, or shooting stars to wish upon, but He did.
He’s given us an abundant earth and expects us to live an abundant life. A life filled not necessarily with this world’s riches, but enjoying the gifts He has given us. For many it’s the spouse He brought us, the children He blessed us with, and the world He breathed into existence.
For all of us, it’s the gift of life.
Your collections may be part of what you really enjoy in life, and if so, fabulous! Not for me. I want to do more than sit around looking at my stuff.
Maybe I’ll be telling a different story when I’m ninety, but by then my children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren can bring me loads of junk to sit and enjoy. Today I’m cleaning house and freeing myself of the unnecessary.
That’s why I opened an Etsy shop.
I know. It just took me five minutes to philosophize on why I’m having a virtual yard-sale.
Do you ever wish I would save some of these never-ending details for my diary?
My shop is HERE.
I would be super-appreciative if you would help me pass the word along. Like mention it on Twitter (if you’re on Twitter), or maybe Facebook, or your blog. It’s a big favor, I know. I’d love to return the favor if you need my big mouth to blab about anything.
So if you can and do, Thank you.
To everyone else, thanks for sticking with me on this post. You deserve an honorable mention just for reading.
If any of you do the shipping thing often, I’m open to advice on reducing shipping costs. Right now they seem excessively high, but they are actual costs for Priority Flat Rate boxes at USPS. I’m open to suggestions.