this spring in my hut
there is nothing
there is everything
My parents moved to a smaller house this winter and it was a very difficult process for them to go through their belongings. It inspired me and my husband to cull items in our house as well. We had held on to many things because we thought our children would want them. It turns out that they don’t. We also had many beautiful and expensive items that had been gifts but which we didn’t use. It was time to pass those treasures on to others who would enjoy them. The more things we passed on, the easier it became and the lighter we felt. We went through a process of discerning what was meaningful and relevant to us now.
I haven’t given away everything and that isn’t likely to happen. I like having appliances that work and beautiful pieces of art. But, ultimately, I can live without these things and still live a life of meaning and purpose. What I need to fill my house and life are joy, contentment, acceptance, gratitude, love…
The writer of this haiku reminds me that once I have a roof over my head (and, I would argue, indoor plumbing), I have enough. The “things” that bring joy and meaning to my life are usually not things. They are the experiences I have with others and with nature. They are the memories I create. When I simplify my life and rid myself of the excess stuff that clutters my home and mind, I have time and energy to focus on my true priorities and finding ways to use my gifts in the world.