Have you ever seen the movie The Jerk? It's an old 1979 Steve Martin movie. The whole thing is entirely ridiculous, and I don't recommend it. However, it is one of my Dad's all time favorites, so it was necessary to see it at least once in my lifetime. That was several years ago, but this one part has always stuck with me. At this point in the movie, Steve Martin's character strikes it rich, and then loses everything. As he is leaving his house and everything he owns, he grabs an ashtray declaring that it's all he needs. But it doesn't stop there, and eventually "all he needs" becomes, in fact, several of his seemingly meaningless material possessions.
As we get ready to pack up our entire house and move onto a sailboat, the words "all I need..." keep playing over and over in my mind.
It is so easy to accumulate so much "stuff." We have furniture stuff, kitchen stuff, clothing stuff, sentimental stuff... the list goes on and on. How easy it is to convince ourselves that these material possessions are so much more important than they really are. And so now, how do we take a household full of things that we have accumulated in the last five years, and narrow it down to the bare necessities? What do we really need?
I'm looking forward to the opportunity to weed out some of the excess. To break away from the "stuff" and be free to focus on the things that really matter. To live life without the constraints that having stuff also brings and get back to the basics.
I'm not saying it's going to be easy for me. Materialism is certainly something I struggle with. And I can almost guarantee that at some point during this whole process I will be caught saying, "But I need this... and this..."
Are you also waging a war on materialism and consumerism?
What do you need?