"If there is to be any peace it will come through being, not having." - Henry Miller
Over the last few months I have been having one of my periodic purges. I am by nature a gatherer and although in recent years I have curbed it somewhat, I always seem to have a never ending amount of 'stuff'.
It is always beautiful things or books that I have a plethora of - but even beautiful things can become a burden if you are swamped in them. Books too, though I find it easier to part with those, probably because as a child I was an avid reader and visited the library regularly, so in my psyche I don't associate books with owning them particularly, though you would never think it to look at my three full bookcases! They are filled with the books that I couldn't part with and those I am yet to read.
With this last editing of my possessions I went deeper than I ever had before (surely a good sign?) and let go of things that I had always passed over in the previous purges. In the end 12 boxes full of beautiful things went to the local charity shop! On Sunday, I gave more things away, I finally realised that the space created by NOT having these things felt better than holding on to them.
Do you gather stuff?
What kind of things do you hold on to?
Do you find it easy to let go?