Monday, June 2, 2014

You have succeeded in life when all you really want is only what you really need (Vernon Howard)

June's quote (from my prized 2004 calendar) comes from Vernon Howard - an American spiritual teacher, author and philosopher.

Howard (1918-1992), from Massachusetts, began his writing career in the 1940s. He began speaking on the principles of personal development in the late 1950s while living in southern California. In the 1960s, he began writing books that focused on spiritual and psychological matters. These writings emphasized the importance and practice of self-awareness. By the early 1970s, he taught spiritual development classes. 

I really like the title quote. It's similar to the one on the left that I found on Brainy quote. 

In 2004 I used the title quote as inspiration in our move to the UK.

I analysed what I really needed during that process and it wasn't much. Basically it was a will to change and embrace a new start in England with SWMBO and the chuldrun. 

In terms of material possessions - we sold a huge amount of stuff we didn't need and couldn't take with us (house, cars, beds etc). We decided that it was basically clutter that we could do without. 

We did store a load of stuff in a self-storage facility in Cambridge NZ (a lot of which we threw away when we returned to NZ). These were irreplaceable things like my record collection, photographs, and personal items - the stuff that we cherish.

And the things we needed to take with us? That managed to fit into one large suitcase for each of us.

When I look around Abbey Road Two (the ART room) the only things I can see from that period are those records, books and photographs. Everything else has been accumulated in the years since then and will go into storage or be shed when we move again.

Hmmm - come to think of it, maybe it's getting to the point when we need to exfoliate some dead skin again.

Love and peace - Wozza

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