Today, as has become my usual Monday afternoon routine, I listened to the RobCast on my way to the seminary. It's Rob Bell's weekly podcast on faith, life, and spirituality. This week, Rob had as guests on the show a couple of guys known as The Minimalists, who are trying to live life as simply as they possibly can. They argue (like just about everyone else) that there is actually a substantial amount of happiness in clearing out the clutter and simply owning less stuff.
I love this idea! I really really do! Something in me wants to own as little as humanly possible to survive. If I could get away with owning only one car in our family, I would. If I could give away most of my clothing, I would. But in this particular area of life, I struggle. I am addicted to stuff.
I really don't know why. Every time I hear something like the Minimalists, or watch the above video from Patagonia, I want to live that kind of lifestyle. I want to own things forever, and only those things which I terribly need. From the cheap seats, I know that it's a better way to live. Like Paul though, the things I want to do I do not do, and the things I do not want to do I do. I live in the cheap seats.
Tonight, I will put my laundry away, and probably pick out a couple of outfits to give away at our fall rummage sale. I will consider riding my bike more places and leaving the car in the driveway. I will think about giving away my backpacks that I never need, or the ones that I keep just in case. But I know that it will pass. I know that consumerism will once again take over in me. And I hate it.
So I don't know what this post is. Maybe it's a cry for help? Maybe it's a request for accountability? I don't know. Maybe it's just a recognition of my own sinfulness and resistance to change.
But maybe most of all it's a reminder to us all that we could do more with less.