Well, we're OK.
We've learned many lessons in our lifetime and this eventful chapter has tested how far we've come and shown us how far we have to go. I've had the notion of sharing some of these lessons, thoughts, and stories for some time, but haven't had the gumption to make it happen. Today, I set up our new desk (photographed below), turned on Episode 01 of Boardwalk Empire, and was hit with an urge to multitask for some minor productivity. Hence this blog post.
A week or two before the fire, Wendy and I were listening to an audio book about tidying up... getting rid of STUFF. We were inspired to start cleaning! Get rid of all the junk we don't want, need, or use. Those pairs of socks that make their way to back, bottom of the drawer. The shoes that are gathering dust, don't fit quite right, and hurt your heel when you walk. Even with a minimalist mindset, it's sometimes difficult to break the conditioning we've been programmed to obey. This fire took care of all that and forced us to minimize in one of the most heartbreaking ways possible.
What we found in that heartbreak is that everyone around blanketed us with support and positivity that we've never really felt before. We are forever grateful and thank each and every one of you for your love and support. The fire taught us that it's ALL just STUFF. The things that really matter are the friends, family, and love that we all share... and oftentimes don't share enough.
One of the goals of this blog is to share honest, open thoughts... at least some of the ones worth sharing. Well, as we're rebuilding in our new one bedroom apartment (easiest moving day of my life), it's become obvious to find that we still need materials. My coworkers and Amazon Orders list can attest to that. This fire has given us a fresh start and new perspective to this new batch of STUFF we're acquiring.
- Get the things you need.
- Get things that will last.
- Get things you will bring you joy for some time.
- Avoid the opposites of these whenever possible.
- Keep receipts and do not remove tags until needed... so you can return it when ample buyer's remorse hits.
- Enjoy the things you get... put it to use!
As much as I'd like to change, I realize that we're conditioned and programmed for this materialism and consumerism. What we plan to maintain and learn from this is consciousness within the system, so we are not controlled by it. Land of the Free. We must use the freedoms we still have to make wise decisions.
I commend those who can break the conditioning and programming altogether, but we are not at that point. We are all on different levels and on different paths in our journeys. My goal is to learn, grow, be happy along the way and hopefully help others to do the same.
Thanks for reading.