A little less
and a little less.
No need to hurry.
Simply remove one thing
and then another.
what you need
and what you do not.
The list is shorter than you think.
Give things away.
Someone will want them, sure
it is just what they need.
There is magic in it, understanding
how little you need.
There is power in it.
Heaven and happiness grows closer, simpler,
as the fear of what you might loose grows
less and less
About this poem
When I went through my divorce a dozen years ago, I took very little from our huge old farmhouse in Virginia. My ex kept asking “Don’t you want this (or that)?” In the moment, I took less because I did not care. I was too broken to care.
But as I healed, I quickly found I liked having less. And life ever since then has been a quest to give things away faster than they seemed to come in. And after more than a decade, I’ve learned what I need and what I want, and I’ve learned I need less than I used to think.
I like simple. It calms me. It leaves room for the new. It leaves room for thought and spirit and creativity to expand and fill the space.
The picture was taken at the Hancock Shaker Village near Pittsfield, Massachusetts.