Richness Comes from Simplicity
by Dee Harris
Too much or not enough? I believe the answer to that question depends a lot on the phase of life you’re in. It probably doesn’t matter much in what part of the planet you popped out of the womb. You probably started learning straight away in your society that more is better. I know I did.
Why don’t we live in a two-story house? Can’t we drive a Mercedes? I need new clothes for school and that new toy I saw on TV. That’s just in elementary school.
I want my own car and my own room. I want to do those things my friends are doing and travel the world like them. Our neighbor just got a pool.
I just want to get through college without owing a bajillion dollars in student loans. I’ve get to get that job so I can have my own home and a brand new car. I’ll need that stylish attire for that new job.
We have a mortgage and a car payment now. The kids are growing out of their clothes. They need money for that new camp and their sporting events. We really should get better insurance and started putting money aside for retirement.
I’m so glad and so grateful to have made it to my sixth decade in life. Life is much simpler now. Why did I wait so long to find peace and contentment?
Being so wrapped up in the craziness and drama of life doesn’t award much time for contemplating whether or not one has peace or contentment. That contemplation doesn’t usually come until things quiet down, the kids are on their own, and retirement is here or just around the corner.
That’s how it happened for me and I’ve found myself reading books and streaming videos and movies that peak my interest. I cancelled our subscription to TV since most of what I was seeing was a waste of time, depressing and negative, and downright junk. So I stumble across across videos showing how to declutter. Embrace the mountains of shit accumulated through my lifetime, thank it for coming and bringing me joy, and ask it to leave.
I read a book suggesting I get rid of 27 things each day for 9 consecutive day. If I miss a day (which I did twice) I must start again on day one. I don’t know what day I’m on but I continue to rid my life of 27 things per day. I’ll always find 27 things to lighten the load.
The result. FREEDOM! Tons of weight off my shoulders! Space for good chi to flow happily through the house! And this new chi which serves my highest good makes me think twice every time I need this new gadget or that new toy. I don’t need anything! I’ve been blessed with everything I could possibly need.
And I find that the more days that go by where I’ve discarded 27 items from my life make me richer. Simplicity is my richness, my contentment, my happy place. No drama. No chaos. No poison arrows shooting this way and that way. And I can breathe and be in the moment. I can live with gratitude and humility.
And the awesome thing is that I’m finding I now am more attentive. I can respectfully give you my full attention when you speak with me. I can now be more empathetic and compassionate. I have learned to listen better by decluttering not only my home, but the cobwebs from my brain!
So know “You are rich, when you are content and happy with what you have.” And if you’re not feeling it, get rid of what doesn’t give you joy or serve you any longer. Richness comes from simplicity.
I would love to hear your stories about contentment, and your feedback as well. Thank you for being part of my journey!
With warmest aloha,