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Pizza and champagne on moving boxes
Pizza and champagne on moving boxes

I realized while packing up to move that you put a lot of stuff into boxes that go "into the basement" or "into storage." And to be honest, I don't think we would notice if we never saw those things again.

That's a lot of unimportant stuff.

We all accumulate things over the years but it truly made me realize that you don't need much to be happy.

If I could go back and talk to my younger self, I wouldn't have bothered with the fancy silverware or the crystal glasses on my wedding registry. I would have focused on the everyday things. Because those everyday moments are what make up our lives. Those Tuesday night dinners or those drinks on the porch. But we sometimes think that life is about those "special" moments we are striving for. The vacation or the promotion or the new car.

Joseph B. Wirthlin once said,

The more often we see the things around us - even the beautiful and wonderful things - the more they become invisible to us. That is why we often take for granted the beauty of this world: the flowers, the trees, the birds, the clouds - even those we love. Because we see things so often, we see them less and less.

As I continue on this journey, I hope to have less "in storage" and focus more on living life simply. Noticing all the beauty and love right in front of me.

Steve Jobs once said, "That's been one of my mantras - focus and simplicity. Simple can be harder than complex. You have to work hard to get your thinking clean to make it simple. But it's worth it in the end because once you get there, you can move mountains."

Let's focus on what's important and move mountains together.