Stuff gives a false sense of security. We all came into the world with nothing materially and we will leave with the same. This is a universally accepted truth. Yet considering the way we live and what we prioritise daily you would never guess this is what we all believe.
To reminisce back to a Seinfeld episode – if Martians were looking down and observing us what would our actions reveal? Would it be that we favour life, people and experiences over stuff? Sadly, in many cases – not.
Why do we hold on to so much? Why do we continue to consume at an unprecedented rate? Why do we continue to buy into the myth of marketing? Maybe because of how our stuff makes us feel. The delusion of stability. We feel safe, protected, secure. Nothing sinister can happen to us because we have all this stuff. We can’t get sick or have any tragedy in our lives because look around – we have all of this stuff. Our fortified existence behind the city walls of yet more stuff. We all know this to be only a semblance of what we imagine but we still choose to cling to it. Sad is not the word!
Put yourself mentally in a place with minimal stuff. What would that look like? Scary at first but insightful. You would have less cleaning, less tidying, less maintenance, less stress, less worry, more money, more confidence, more time, more more more. Maybe the thought of all of this more is daunting. What would you do with the newly discovered time, money, relationships? That is not to be scoffed at. Think of what you would actually do – study, exercise, read, explore, learn? This begs the question – do you actually want to have this more or is your current delusion serving you well?