Sunday, March 2, 2014

Slower & Simpler - Possessions

Do you possess your possessions, or do they possess you?  This may seem like a silly question, but every time we clean the house, or try to find something in the closet, or search high and low for that lost object, the question becomes more pertinent.

Sorry, I don't have all the answers.  I'm just raising the question.  Mike Burns actually asked it not long ago at http://theothersideofcomplexity.com/possessions-or-possession/?utm_source=The+Other+Side+of+Complexity+-+Blog+Updates&utm_campaign=f831c0d395-RSS_EMAIL_CAMPAIGN&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_74c4063970-f831c0d395-96885493
with an article titled Possessions or Possession?  He also wrote about being possessed!

I'm just raising the question, as we try to simplify our lives, to think about our relationship to our things.  It's neither bad nor good - just a question.  If I start feeling resentment in a relationship, then I need to make a change of some sort.

Just saying.

Happiness resides not in possessions, and not in gold, happiness dwells in the soul.

It is preoccupation with possessions, more than anything else, that prevents us from living freely and nobly.

Wealth consists not in having great possessions, but in having few wants.

Anything you cannot relinquish when it has outlived its usefulness possesses you, and in this materialistic age a great many of us are possessed by our possessions.

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