I must confess, I just ranted to my kids (for probably the 100th time in their short lifetime) about taking care of their “stuff” ~about taking care of “our stuff.”
It happens so much. The game peices are missing, the legos are on the floor. There is an empty juicebox among Lord-knows-what-else in the back of the van.
And my blood starts to boil. I get angry because I can’t see why it is so hard to take care of the things we have.
Though deep down, I know the answer.
There is too much stuff.
Now, those who know me, or have gotten to know me through this blog~ know my goal is to simplify. So we actually do not have all that much stuff. Yet, it is enough to still cause the immunity to stuff.
The immunity to stuff is when we become complacent about what we have because we are just used to it. It’s always there, and if not, we know that we can replace it.
We don’t really know what it means to have nothing. We have so much, that we just don’t take care of what we do have or cherish it.
What do we cherish? I know that we recently watched an episode of Little House on the Prairie. For Christmas the girls each received their own tin cup. The looks on their faces, the way the held onto those cups…it meant something. Then if that wasn’t enough, they each received a stick candy. And Mary said she would save hers.
She was going to cherish it.
I don’t think we cherish things anymore as much…at least today I didn’t think my kids were…
Just thoughts to ponder today…
Oh, and by they way…yes, I did apologize to the kids for my rant…but we are still working on teaching the value of our things…
Let’s start by cleaning out my car….
This is why I am looking forward our RV trip this summer. We can eliminate much of the “stuff” with us and enjoy each other, the sites we are visiting, and simply be a family.
While on that trip…
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