Riding out the Storm: A Test of Trust and Surrender

This week I have been reminded of trust and surrender. While watching and anticipating the arrival of Hurricane Irma, so many emotions, choices to make, doubts, and fears. A mixed bag for sure.

As I write this today, the storm is pummeling the east coast of Florida, and we have been spared the worst in Citrus County Florida, where I live. I have many friends and colleagues that are experiencing more dire consequences.

I am feeling the urgency to support those in need, while also listening to my local officials to stay off the roads. I am surrendering to the lack of control I have over the weather, and the devastation from the storm. I am trusting that the first responders are doing all they can for those in need.

At one point, during the impending storm I thought about our goal to be living the minimalist lifestyle, and perhaps it would happen in an instant if we lost our stuff to Irma, or if the house were to be severely damaged. This would have been the worst case scenario, and I surrendered to that possibility.

I feel grateful beyond words that we were not harmed in any way, that we have our electricity, and no damage to our property.  I am ready for what comes next.  I can’t wait to reduce the amount of stuff I have to keep track of, and maintain.

Trust and surrender both supported me through this storm and many other stormy moments in my life.  Knowing that all will be okay, and surrendering to whatever will be will be allows for a more peaceful existence, no matter what the circumstance is.

In times like these, it is a great reminder that life is now. Being present to what is happening in the moment, and being surrounded with love is what matters.

 

 

 

Going Through VHS Tapes

Wow!!! Tons of memories as we watch VHS tapes with a VCR that an acquaintance gave us.  We watched our sons when they were little, I saw myself giving my Master’s degree presentation. I looked so young at 27.

The best news is that we are throwing more out. I hate that I am creating so much garbage, and at the same time…how liberating it is to be free of stuff.  I finally get the thing about when you have a bigger house, you fill it up more.

We are planning to digitize some of the memories. I am not certain I’ll watch them again. The kids might like to look at them when they have kids. I don’t know. I remember watching me as a kid when my Dad would pull out the reel to reel, or the carousel slide projector (I have two of these in the closet).

I get to go through the clothes again. I find myself wearing my favorites most of the time. There are ocassions when it is proper to wear something other than cut off shorts and a tie dye shirt. I’ll figure that out another day.

Mission VHS is almost complete!! Stay tuned for another episode.

Stage 1: Going Minimalist

This is stage 1. We get to sell almost everything we own, to live in 350 square feet. Currently we live in 2500 square feet, not including the three car garage. We have sold quite a bit, and we have so much more to sell. It is a transformation of a lifelstyle.  It is definitely a process to embrace, and to allow to unfold.  Steve and I are each doing our part with selling, and sorting and cleaning and throwing. And, of course, saving some stuff.   When we have sold all, including the house, we’ll be hitting the road. I’ll be sharing all our adventures. In the meantime, it is the adventure of freeing ourselves from stuff!!