Some days I feel like I am drowning in stuff.
I do not consider myself materialistic. I don’t own a huge house, or a fast car. I don’t wear designer clothes or fragrance. I don’t own an iPad. Or a Blackberry. I don’t eat out in fancy restaurants or jet off on foreign holidays. But I still feel overwhelmed sometimes by too much stuff. And since reading this rather wonderful article on Tricycle (you do have to be a subscriber to read it, but it is by Andrew Mellen, author of Unstuff Your Life so I think you would be able to find similar articles elsewhere) I have been on a mission to unstuff my life! I created the art journal page as a reminder
I AM NOT MY STUFF!
I have so far managed to reduce my book collection by at least a third. And this weekend Gman and I had a stall at a car boot sale and sold loads more. I am gradually clearing space in my house. And in my head. For me, Andrew Mellen sums it up thus: “The goal is finally having time for all of the things that you say are important to you but never seem to have enough time for since you’re so disorganised”.
As I said from the beginning, I am on a mission to simplify my life, until at last I can sit serenely like the Buddha:
This Buddha was the sketch I did for this week’s Sketch Tuesday assignment – “something beginning with B”. And I know Buddha isn’t usually depicted in flowery robes, but I sketched this from a small ornamental Buddha that Waif bought for Gman & he not only has flowery robes but is glittery too!!
Waif chose to sketch baked beans for his assignment:
And Gman went for a boy on a beach:
Next week’s assignment is to sketch something from your kitchen drawer. Maybe we could each find one item that we don’t need any more, sketch it, then rehome it?!
I will leave you with this thought in mind, courtesty of Bertrand Russell:
“It is the preoccupation with possessions, more than anything else that prevents us from living freely and nobly.”