‘Fess up, is it shoes or handbags or hats or trousers or brooches that you love?
Maybe you stash away PlayStation games or DVDs or books?
I love necklaces and brooches, and kid myself that I’ve bought my last pendant …… for the Australian Summer anyway!
The culture of “more” is said by some to be ruining the Earth.
Supposedly indiscriminate instantly gratifying consumerism is rampant, with online buying from the safe havens of our home.
Well, I work hard for my income; and I manage to pay my bills and pay for shelter, food, and my water services and other amenities.
If I prioritize and save for the future, why can’t I have a lot of what I really like?
Yes, I can discriminate and not use plastic, and I can use recyclable items, and I know that I can’t take it with me when I go.
But I love pretty things and the stuff around me won’t be going to landfill. Someone will be able to sell or donate what doesn’t go to my loved ones after I’ve shuffled off this mortal coil.
I know that too much clutter distracts one’s focus, plus clogs up the free movement of air, not to forget means a lot of dusting.
But consider that what one hoards is a reflection of what’s going on within a person. I also love crystals and am surrounded by them at work and at home.
Rest assured, there is some “method to the madness” of us hoarders. I meditate or soak in the frequencies of these crystals, and my large smoky quartz and black tourmaline are a power-house at work, acting as an anti-depressant.
Over the years I have accumulated quite a lot of books, but I do go through them from time to time, and remove some to donate to an Op shop. I love to read and write, and to learn, and my home library is a wonderful source of ready references for me.
I share my books too (but not my crystals). As long as I use what I collect, I think that it is not a bad thing “owning” a lot of material goods.
Yes I’ve been guilty of having too much and sometimes I feel I need more empty spaces around me, so there’s not so much of a distraction, but I think that it is not right for people to feel awful about having material possessions.
Don’t get me wrong. I’m definitely not saying “I’m okay, and it matters not to me that so many people have very little and not even the basic necessities of life.”
Some of us have been made to feel, from an early age, that we are greedy or covetous wanting a lot and having a lot.
We feel if we didn’t have so much, then a poor person in the next street or another country, would have what we give up, but it doesn’t really work like that. That would be true only if you literally went to the person who was lacking and gave them what you think is your excess.
If you eat frugally, thinking that it will mean food freed up to go to someone who is starving, how do you know that the food you could be eating WILL go to someone who really is starving? Better to donate money or food to an organization that you trust will help the hungry, while maintaining your own caloric and nutritional needs.
Well, it’s not the the amount of anything that people squirrel away, which is by itself a problem. It’s what we value and have, and what we do with what we have.
I’ve seen the TV programme “Hoarders: Buried Alive” and my personal situation has not reached that level.
That level of hoarding may be indicative of a troubled person, or of someone who craves love or approval and tries to get it from material things.
Life is about learning and is about Ups and Downs. I have just bought some vegan shoes, comfortable shoes made from cellulose, not from animal skins.
Over-doing or overindulging in something has ramifications when a nation or region of people don’t consider equitable distribution of essential things, and freezes or squeezes out assets or resources from another country or region.
Shortages are an income and a distribution problem per se, rather than purely or solely a per average individual consumption issue.
“We need to move food from where it is to where it isn’t and that means investing in agriculture development using the best technologies we have.” ~ Charlie Arnot, CEO of the Centre for Food Integrity.
What you hoard one day, you may give away the next. You can remove just a few items from your coffee table or side-board or dresser, or bookshelf, and make a little more space for yourself if you feel too cluttered (plus you may then have some things tucked away, for a swap later).
Hoarding is not a criminal offense usually, but it is a human activity, which if done intelligently (or with regard for the environment and for others, e.g. through sharing / donating / prioritizing / saving money, and creating your own) is part of the “stuff of Life”.
We are physical forms, basically comprised of atoms and molecules. Not only are we material (and immaterial, with a spiritual component) but we are designed to interact with matter forms.
What if we used another word for our “hoard”?
Aggregate / conglomeration / collection / cache / treasure trove / pile / reservoir / stock / supply / reserves
Share your treasure trove here: what do you collect because you love? (And please keep it clean and family friendly.)
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