What do you really need? What's important? What is dispensable, and what is indispensable?
This picture represents much of my life. I'm packed and ready to go with all of the items I need fit neatly inside of my Tumi suitcase. I have a house with lots of rooms, a garage for my cars and toys, closets and compartments to conceal my excess stuff, and bins to hold onto those things I 'might' need one day. Really, all I need I can fit into my Tumi. A few things to wear, a gadget or seven, and something to write with. I have always been minimal, but over the past several years I have become even more so. I have learned that you just don't need much.
Now I am not proposing trying to live out of a suitcase full-time, that wouldn't be good for me or anyone around me, but it has shown me that less is more. That so often the things we own end up owning us. We live and exist everyday to maintain the life we have created rather then living life freely. I am just as guilty...and I'm tired of it. I am not saying that I want to relinquish my obligations and responsibilities, I simply want to apply what I have learned from traveling minimally to living minimally.
We are really all travelers in this life. We are eternal beings that are given a few short years to decide what life is about and where we will spend eternity. We come into life with nothing and we leave with nothing. At worst, we live and die and have no impact or significance in the lives of those around us. At best, we come to know the one that is love and life itself, we view everyday as a gift and learn to love like He loves us. I have been reminded recently, or maybe seen for the first time from a dear friend, that life is about love, and that our hearts were made for it.
My hope and desire, now more than ever, is to spend the rest of my days not seeking more stuff to fit inside my Tumi, but to spend the rest of my days loving those that are in my life, fully and completely, because that is all that lasts. My heart has been set aflame, and I want to let it burn for all eternity.