odds n' ends

diminishing returns

Thank you God for the roof over my head, a bed to sleep in, food on my table and shoes on my feet. Forgive me if I ever start to complain and forget my great blessings.

When your life reaches a point of diminishing returns the time has come to decide what kind of life you actually want. Then. . . say NO to everything that isn’t that. If you often feel tired it’s not because you’ve done too much, but because you’ve done too little of what sparks a light in you.

Become a curator of your life. Little by little cut things out until you’re only left with what you love, with what is necessary, and with what makes you truly happy. The best way to enjoy your favorite things, is to only own your favorite things. You have succeeded in life when all you really want is only what you really need. When you love everything you have, you have everything you need.

“The greatest wealth is to live content with little.”


It seems to me that once you hit a certain age, you become permanently unimpressed by having a lot of stuff. The need for less often results in a life of more. Enough is a decision not an amount. I’ve learned that clutter is not just physical stuff. Clutter is old ideas, toxic relationships and bad habits. Stuff has reached the point of “diminishing returns” when it no longer supports your peace and well-being.

If you’re not using the stuff in your home, get rid of it. You’re not going to start using it more by shoving it in a closet somewhere. I’ve finally figured out the best way to organize my stuff is to get rid of a lot of it.

Concerning all that stuff. . . Jesus taught
“Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust[a] consume and where thieves break in and steal, but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust[b] consumes and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.

Matthew 6:19-21 Revised Standard Version

In keeping with this Biblical principle I realized I wasn’t organizing the stuff I love, I was organizing my clutter. That’s when I stopped arranging and containing stuff and began getting rid of it. Instead of storing stuff in every nook and cranny I began eliminating it from my life. The more I donated, the more I was able to breath. The more I threw away, the lighter my life felt.

Here’s a thought: instead of filling trash bags with unwanted stuff, unwant the stuff before you buy it and take it home! Instead rethink your needs and recognize your wants. Make time to understand where you heart truly lives. Your home should be the antidote to stress, not the cause of it. Ask yourself what is really important and then have the courage to build your home and life around that honest answer.

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