Let your boat of life be light, packed with only what you need - a homely home and simple pleasures, one or two friends, worth the name, someone to love and someone to love you, a cat, a dog, and a pipe or two, enough to eat and enough to wear, and a little more than enough to drink; for thirst is a dangerous thing." - Jerome
I stumbled on this quote-ironically, while shopping on etsy. It sums up what I am attempting to do with my life (and cost that seller a sale-maybe not the best marketing technique for useless hair doo-dads).
However, I am not always successful. Is it just the nature of us as creatures to desire to collect things? To have the strange philosophy that if one is good umpteen billion is better?
I find I am happiest when I do not need to exert my energies on pointless choices. Which of the 20 perfumes? Which of the dozens of shirts? What should I make for dinner?
Am I the only one? Does anyone else desire a few friends, not an accumulated army of acquaintances, some loyal animals , and a couple little luxuries?
To motivate myself to simplify, I have a couple reminders around the house. These are both mottos and goals. I find I am never so happy as when I am in clean, simple surroundings with just a few friends or my own thoughts.
If you are interested, a more explanatory article is here.