I lost my own taste for owning stuff when a house fire in the middle of the night destroyed everything my family owned when I was only eleven years old. The only thing I had left was the underwear I was wearing. Yet, our whole family had awakened in time to escape.
In the weeks that followed friends and family gave us a lot of stuff to get us back on our feet, but none of it seemed as important any more. What was important was seeing my Mom's smile, giving my Nana a hug and a kiss, and watching my Dad snooze in his chair after a hard day's work. What was important was the stuff of the soul, not the stuff of this world.
Since then I have tried to limit the things I purchase. I didn't want too much stuff crowding up my life. I wanted to only buy what I needed and to spend my days in learning, growing, and loving others.
In this life we are given a limited amount of time. We can spend it loving each other, enjoying this beautiful world made for us, and making it a better place or we can spend it acquiring stuff. One gives us joy. The other gives us work. One fills our lives with peace, kindness, and happiness. The other fills our days with worry, fear, and regret.
Make your choice wisely then. Fill your life with love not with stuff.
~ Author Unknown
Back home, people had everything in the materialistic sense and were surrounded with abundance, but they were not happy.
~ Goldie Hawn