Family Mission Statement – Part 4: Basic
Every Wednesday is garbage pick up in our neighborhood. Everyone loyally wheels out their cans of trash and recyclables to the curb and a paid service comes to take it out of sight and out of mind. The can, often filled to the brim with multiple overflow bags sitting next to it, is a very real measure of waste going out. While the large boxes from new appliances, kids toys, and other household items are measures of the stuff coming in. A constant exchange of goods and trash that, if we want to or not, feels helpless to escape.
When we sat down with pen and paper to write, “We live with our basic needs being met and not abundance” as part of of our Family Mission Statement, we didn’t necessarily have trash pick up in mind. But our own, once invisible, habits to accumulate an abundance of stuff, along with our society at large, have become overtly clear even in the most common routines of life. See the heaps of trash scattered along any major roadway. Boxes filling barges with unwanted, used clothes being shipped off to developing countries. And most obvious for me, look no further than the garage! We live in inescapable abundance.
Or, so we thought – adopting one philosophy has helped us combat this deeply embedded tendency.