“Before a new chapter is begun, the old one has to be finished: tell yourself that what has passed will never come back. Remember that there was a time when you could live without that thing or that person – nothing is irreplaceable, a habit is not a need.” ---Paulo Coelho
"We don't need to increase our goods nearly as much as we need to scale down our wants. Not wanting something is as good as possessing it." - Donald Horban - When we discuss scaling down we immediately think of “stuff”- all those material possessions we have accumulated in life. However, what else can we simplify besides our material possessions? How about our thoughts? Our beliefs? Our outlook on the universe?
Dogs teach us valuable lessons about life. Monty and so many of my other doggie-friends have taught me lessons that I still carry with me to this day. I have incorporated them into my life and also my tiny house build.
Over the years one tends to accumulate a lot of stuff. I have always had a philosophy when it comes to stuff. I ask myself if it has a purpose; a function. If it does, it passes the first test. If it has more than one function it passes with flying colors. The second test is a bit harder...
I have learned and continue to learn many lessons as I build this little bitty house of mine. Recently another lesson was thrown my way. A memory is defined as “something remembered from the past; a recollection”. A question for you is do you believe memories are important? They are our life experiences, but do they make us who we are? Are they moments that should come and go while we live and focus on the present?
I’ve jumped through all the hoops and the time has finally arrived! It’s tiny house building time! Woo hoo!
“You can’t stop the waves, but you can learn to surf.” That is what Jon Kabat-Zinn encourages us all to do. It’s been about 3 months since I last wrote. I took a break to learn to surf. Not the surfing you might imagine with my new home being at the beach, but learning to navigate ups and downs and manage expectations. Shall I just say I'm learning to “go with the flow” and not fight the whitewater.