The story of Adam and Eve, I believe, is about more than just defying Gods wishes and giving into temptation.Â Even many religious people believe this to be a made up story, a parable if you will, to make a point. Or even several points, if you read between the lines. Â OneÂ clear lessonÂ ofÂ this parable, that I see, is to be satisfied with what you have and not be forever wanting for more or other things.
Given the age of this story, even if made up, it is obvious that people have been inherently greedy for a millennia or more. So why is it that no matter how much we have we are always wanting something else. This gets me to thinking about another things that the nuns taught us about in Catholic School, and that is purgatory. This is a place, we wereÂ told, whereÂ sinners go when they die to suffer for theirÂ sins before being allowed into heaven.
Here is the definition as per my Apple Macbook dictionary…
noun (pl. purgatories)
(in Roman Catholic doctrine) a place or state of suffering inhabited by the souls of sinners who are expiating their sins before going to heaven.
â€¢ mental anguish or suffering: this was purgatory, worse than anything she’d faced in her life.
It has occurred to me more than once since my school days that it seems that we areÂ already inhabiting such a purgatory. This state of never being satisfied with what we have is certainly a form of suffering in my opinion. It is a state that I am sure many of us would happily live without. It is a constant state of ~ This one next thing, or being just a little more financially comfortable, will make us happy. Then when we reach that state we once again find a new “one next thing or state of financial security” that will make us happy sometime in the future. Preferably sooner rather than later. If that isn’t a form of suffering then I don’t know what is.
My declutter journey has certainly eased this suffering for me, but the demons still come to visit now and again. Financial security is my Achilles heel but the desire to acquire can also creep up on me at times. I must say that I get far more long term satisfaction from letting go of things than I ever do from acquiring them. Maybe there is a lesson not to be missed from that experience.
And I don’t need to tell you that the more we resist these temptations the less we need to declutter.
Today’s Mini Mission
Declutter shabby fabric items other than clothes. Worn out napkins, rags, table cloths, cushion coversâ€¦
Eco Tip for the Day
Refuse, Reduce, Reuse, Recycle. The more we refuse to acquire, therefore reducing our consumption and reusing what we already have, the better caretakers of the environment we become. And the less recycling we need to do.
For a full list of my eco tips so far click here
It matters not how fast I go, I hurry faster when Iâ€™m slow