For peace of mind,
resign as general manager of the Universe. –
– Larry Eisenberg
I like this quote. Yes, it is a little funny, but it is also so true. We live in a world where everyone knows everything, wants to be change and of course speak their mind online and off.
During this difficult time, I hope you have come to realize that you are not the General Manager of the Universe. Unless you work in an essential industry right now there may not be anything you can do about the current crises but stay home. And that is important. By staying home you are doing your part to stop the spread of the virus.
After a storm did major damage to the neighborhood where we live, Bob and I felt so helpless. We wanted to help. We were trained to help. It took us a while but we finally had to realize the best thing we could do was stay out of the way and take care of ourselves. Doing that helped the workers be able to clear the roads, restore power and get help to those who needed it.
So if you are working, as usual, bless your heart. We all do appreciate the medical, retail, delivery and other workers who are working so hard taking care of us during this difficult time. If you are at home, take care of yourself and your family. You are doing your part as well.
Yes you can actually have more with less. Seems contradictory, doesn’t it? But just think about what might happen if you scaled down, made a clear distinction between needs and wants and cleaned out the clutter, mentally and emotionally as well as physically. Could you actually end up having more?
These are just a few of the things you could have more of with less.
- More time. What could you do with the time you spend acquiring, organizing, fixing or paying for all your stuff? Does taking care of your possessions take priority over family time?
- More room. Is you living space full to the brim or at least cluttered? How much of all that stuff do you actually use?
- More peace of mind. Wouldn’t it be nice to not have to always worry about someone stealing your stuff, having it destroyed in a fire or storm or having enough money to make payments?
- More freedom. Do your possessions control you? Do you feel trapped in a job you hate because of your house, cars and other “stuff” payments?
- More energy. Are you always exhausted trying to keep a house bigger than you really need clean?
- More appreciation for what you have. Can you truly appreciate things you haven’t seen in months or don’t even remember buying?
Think about it. What are your material possessions costing you? What could you have more of with less?
“Peace of mind is not a goal I need achieve. It’s a place inside I never want to leave. Close my eyes, I still my thoughts and then I say I will choose to live in peace today.” – Robert Alan