Living More on Less

Walking down the road I heard the distant call of an auctioneer.  Following the voice, I took a gravel road through the woods and found a small group of people huddled under a tent staying dry from the rain.   A brick home, surrounded by furniture and  household goods, was being sold to the willing buyer who held up a card.  A lifetime of possessions passed before my eyes.  Boxes of stuff (good stuff) remained after the sale for the heirs to get rid of.  The exhausted buyers stated they already had basements and attics filled with junk to discard. Why is it easier to accumulate than to eliminate? Why is pleasure thought to be more while pain is associated with less?  When does luxury become necessity? What is the balance between enough and too much?

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As the crowd dispersed and loaded their cars, my neighbor offered to take me home.  I climbed into the Amish buggy filled with smiling faces and lively conversation.  The horse sprinted with glee as raindrops splattered on the windows.  To live simply evokes a contentment unknown to those in the pursuit of possessions.  I think it is a daily choice and a key ingredient to happiness. 







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