Sunday, August 12, 2012

Have Less. Do More. Be More.

You are not your job. You're not how much money you have in the bank. You're not the car you drive. You're not the contents of your wallet. You're not your damn khakis you wear. You're the all-singing, all-dancing, everything that is actually alive of this world.

“The things you own end up owning you. It's only after you lose everything that you're free to do anything.” ― Chuck Palahniuk

"Try to become not a person of success, but try rather to become a person of value."

This post relates back to my "Wanderlust" post & my "Simplify" post. If you haven't realized yet, it's all connected here in The Gatsby Life, in becoming and living a more naturalistic, simplified, inspiring, spiritual journey of which you call your life.  

I encourage you to take a look around and make note of your possessions you value most and that you feel you couldn't live without. Now really think about that, could you really not live without them? Could you try eliminating a few of them, free yourself, lessen the hold each has on you and your daily life. Yea, I know your thinking, but some things I need like my car, computer, etc for work. I agree, there are definitely some "earthly possessions" you actually need to live and survive. And I'm not telling you to go and destroy and throw out the others that aren't necessary. 

Just take note of which ones they are and try to alleviate some of the stranglehold they have on you, lower the time that each possession or addiction takes up of each day. 

Lower your importance of "earthly possessions" & replace it with an importance on "spiritual & enlightened possessions"

“The real measure of your wealth is how much you’d be worth if you lost all your money.” 

Of what use is money in the hand of a fool, since he has no desire to get wisdom? If you are going to buy into something, buy the truth and do not sell it; get wisdom, discipline and understanding. 
I believe someone who possess wisdom, education, knowledge, and continuing to have an open mind to learn and grow everyday is richer than any money value. The ability to keep an open mind, the desire to learn and grow in education/wisdom, try & experience new things, the hunger to grow spiritually, the drive to seek and explore unproven topics and grounds is quite possibly the most important possessions you could own in your lifetime. And these won't end up owning you in the end. 

I encourage you, starting today to take note of your "earthly" and "spiritually/wisdom" possessions and see where your true values lie. Try to keep an open mind and start placing more emphasis on the "spiritual/enlightened" possessions, because only the wisdom and spiritual possessions are the ones that will last forever. 

“Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy and where thieves break in and steal, but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also. ~ Matthew 6:19-21

- Ross

1 comment:

  1. I know it's true, but it can be hard to let go, especially of things that you enjoy doing.
    I have hobbies... and each hobby brings with it an amount of stuff.
    Can I live without it? Yes, I can.
    Do I want to? I think so.
    The trouble is, you only get to taste the freedom after having let go and there's that nagging worry: will I really be happier without all this stuff?
    Would I like to have less, do more and be more? Certainly.

    I will begin letting go of more stuff.
    It's a wonder what an impending house move can do!