Have you ever seen the movie The Shining by Stephen King? This picture from the movie shows how I am feeling today.
I usually start cleaning my house before Passover but after 13 years in the same house and 2 kids, the accumulating clutter is out of control.
I started cleaning today and after a while I found it hard to breathe. I felt like I was being suffocated by stuff, when I finally became aware of the cause I couldn’t believe I was a slave to these objects.
I knew there was a saying that “the more stuff you own, the more the stuff owns you” but I never knew what that meant until I experienced it for myself. I used to live in that world of materialism, to base my worth on how much stuff I own but age and time have brought me a new understanding and I don’t want all this stuff anymore.
No wonder God asked us not to covet, because these things have no value and actually steal your life away from you. All the money you spend on stuff that doesn’t matter takes money away from the things that do matter.
Some lessons are hard to learn and only when you are at your wit’s end do you finally see the truth.
About Mimic Nature
Hello everyone! I’m so glad to see you! I’m Jana, I’m an eccentric wife and mother; I work 2 jobs and homeschool my kids.
With all this going on in my life, I want to focus my attention on the things that make me happy, and the one thing that has made me happy ever since I was a little kid is nature. As my life progressed and changed through my teen years and my early married life, I lost my connection to it. Life took over and here I am living disconnected from nature because of work, bills, and every day events that keep me away.
So the next chapter of my life will be dedicated, at least in some small part, to reconnecting to nature; I still have a mortgage, work, and a family to take care of, but now, I will be more aware of nature and my place within it. Each day, I will find some small way to not harm nature.
Not long ago I was introduced to something called permaculture and I fell in love with it. Basically, it’s building a small ecosystem in your own backyard that is based off of what nature would do naturally. In turn your backyard helps you, and you help your backyard…with minimal work!! At first it may take more work, but over time, your backyard will become self-sustaining and you won’t have to work as hard…other than harvesting.
I love the life lessons that I learn from nature, so what I promise to do is share a lesson that I’ve learned from nature each week, share what I’m learning about permaculture, and share my own personal progress in changing my homestead into a permaculture Garden of Eden. And since it’s hard to make any changes in life, I want to have some free giveaways once in awhile…all nature themed of course, to help all of us remember our ‘green’ family.
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Great post. And the message is spot on.
Thank God for His grace found in common sense.
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Wonderful! Being basically done with my career, I’ve almost totally stopped thinking about owning more things and how I appear to others, and started to really focus on what amazing things have already been given to me.
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