Saturday, February 27, 2021

The burden of accumulation

Photo:  Darwin Vegher/Unsplash
One of the things that gives me a sense of satisfaction is clearing my home of stuff I haven't used in a long time, stuff I'd even forgotten was lying around the place, stored away carefully in cabinets and cupboards in the hope they'd be of use someday. Nine out of ten that never happens.

My family and I spent the last few days giving away or getting rid of a lot of things—fictional and academic books, stationery, files, documents, kitchenware, clothes, electric and electronic items, novelties, and other odds and ends—and putting the things we needed in a precise order. I do not exaggerate when I say that, after the job was done, I felt light as if a big weight had been lifted off my shoulders. Of course, this was not the first time.

The things we accumulate and hoard lose their utility value over a period of time and tend to become a burden, often interfering with our daily lives because the stuff we don't need or have never used gets in the way of the stuff we are actually looking to use at that moment. Five stars if you find it right away.

The way I see it, the burden of accumulating material things equates with the burden of negative thoughts and emotions. Cleaning up our homes can actually motivate us to clear our minds, if only we allow it to.

For, to de-clutter the mind is to lead a less stressful and a happier life.

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