“It is the preoccupation with possessions, more than anything else, that prevents us from living freely and nobly.”_Bertrand Russell
Life is very subjective. To experience it one must rely on one’s own ability to find joy in everything they have and everything they do. Yesterday, while going through my Twitter feed I saw an age-old wisdom that said, “Everything comes with an expiry date.”
Our lives at no point are separated from the delicate balance of the sweet moments of belongingness and painful rupture of loss. Throughout our lives, we develop taste for things and our likes and dislikes. We accumulate possessions and they become our daily part of life only to one day taken away from us. In their presence, we refer to them as ours as if we own them. We thought that it is we who will decide their existence and they will be with us for the rest of our lives. Not even for a moment did we try to imagine their existence separate from us. We resisted all sorts of thoughts that tried to convey their ephemeral existence to us. We denied our occasional disbelief in their short presence in our lives only to find one day that all our beliefs were fantasies and our sense of possessiveness was whimsical.
A few days back someone asked me, “Shubh, I’ve seen some homeless people always smiling and joyful in their lives. What makes them so joyful and in contrast to that why most of the time those people who have everything in their life are not happy at all?” After having a few seconds of silence I found the answer in the question itself. Replying to him I said, “Maybe because those homeless people have NOTHING to lose in their lives so they are happy and, the former have everything and they are not happy because they fear to lose what they have.” His simple but deep question inspired me to inquire about my dynamics of life.
I had a pair of shoes which I wore hardly once or twice since I got them from a close friend on my twenty-third birthday. All those days when I was having those shoes, I kept them on the shelf with the hope to wear them in future. This morning I lost them in a very funny way. This incident at first made me feel a little sad but also taught me never to tie a tag of forever lasting to “Things”. It reminded me to live in the present moment enjoying the things I have without wanting them to stay with me forever. Somewhere I read that,
“To find peace, you have to be willing to lose your connection with the people, places & things that create all the noise.”_Anonymous
How do you see your life in relation to things, people and places? Have you ever imagined your life without them? Share your general reaction to this post in the comments. Take care! Until next post!