Posts Tagged ‘ownership’

The Beauty of Simplicity

April 28, 2014
This is not my room, but I could be quite happy if it was

This is not my room, but I could be quite happy if it was


I love living simply. I have no car, no phone (I use Skype on my laptop) and no possessions of any value other than my laptop. I’ve learned that whatever you own that you cannot bear to part with, owns you. Every item you own is a hungry beast demanding some portion of your time, attention and psychic energy.


Have nothing in your houses which you do not know to be useful or believe to be beautiful.
William Morris

I don’t want anything or any things to distract me from living the life I want to live. I don’t want one hour of one day to go by without learning something, deepening a relationship, doing satisfying work or just enjoying a good laugh.

That’s why I greatly appreciated this article in the March 1994 issue of Guideposts magazine that highlights the simple lifestyles of three extraordinary people.



THE JOY OF DOING WITHOUT
by Elizabeth Sherrill

Forty days without chocolate…. When I was a high school student, this constituted my view of Lent. Why it was good to go without something for seven weeks I didn’t know; it was what my friends did, so I did too. But as time passed, I began encountering people who voluntarily gave something up, not merely as a Lenten custom, but because of what lay behind this tradition. One of those people was Margaret Henrichsen.

A Methodist minister, Margaret was a modern-day (more…)

Are You Sentencing Yourself to Continuous Frustration?

July 24, 2011




Surrendering to God floods your heart with peace and invigorates your weary spirit. With humility and gratitude, you place your goals in God’s hands.

It constantly happens that the Lord permits a soul to fall so that it may grow humbler.
Saint Teresa of Avila





You boldly and confidently move forward, trusting that (more…)

Riches Roll Like the Wheels of a Chariot

April 7, 2011




Whatever you own that you cannot bear to part with, owns you. As soon as you vow never to lose it, you have lost yourself in it.

He who obtains has little. He who scatters has much.
Lao Tzu




Ultimately, your most prized possessions will (more…)