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Unnecessary things

Down to earth.
Down to earth.

There is a road from the eye to the heart that does not go through the intellect.

~ Gilbert K. Chesterton

Messages from the morning sky.
Messages from the morning sky.

On an almost daily basis (because sometimes I forget), I read from the book 365 Tao: Daily Meditations by Deng Ming-Dao.  The book has short meditations, a little something to think about throughout the day.

Evening clouds
Evening clouds

A week or two or three ago, this little gem was part of the daily meditation:

Give up unnecessary things.

Sweeping across the sky.
Sweeping across the sky.

I’ve always said that I wouldn’t mind getting a tattoo if I could find something I would be willing to live with for the rest of my life.  I’m thinking those four words just might be it.  I wonder if there is a symbol for simplicity?

It doesn't look much like a fire (or a frying pan, for that matter), does it?  (This morning's view from the dock.)
This morning’s view from the dock.

When I start thinking about what is necessary in life, I find that the list is surprisingly small.  Food, water, shelter, and love (family, friends) are the top four.  Everything beyond that seems to exist in my life for the pleasure of it.  Books, movies, music, walking, dancing, photography, writing, blogging, the internet, and more, are not absolute necessities.  Ah but, maybe some are more than they seem.  Some speak to my soul, and the soul needs fed, too.

Fire in the sky.  (Last night's sunset.)
Sky fire. (Last night’s sunset.)

In Feng Shui, which I know little about, it is said that holding on to things that do not bring you joy represents your unwillingness or lack of readiness to allow in something new and, perhaps, more beautiful.  This can be applied to attitudes and beliefs as well as the physical things we acquire in life.

Liquid gold.  (Sunset reflections on the water.)
Liquid gold. (Sunset reflections on the water.)

I wrote a post this morning that I had to let go.  It was a long post.  And it was an unnecessary thing.


When I let go of the post, it freed me to entertain other thoughts and notions, to explore other beliefs and attitudes.  It also freed me to let go of all thoughts and notions for a brief moment in time so that I could stand on the shore of life and admire the view without judging it.

At the Point yesterday evening.
At the Point yesterday evening.

What I was left with was this post about nothing in particular, filled with a hodgepodge of images that may or may not be related.  I’ll leave that up to you to form a connection.  I’m not sure there is one other than me, standing back and marveling at life’s scenery.

Gift of a sundog
Gift of a sun dog.

Thank you so much for stopping by on this glorious autumn day.  Rain is coming so I’ve spent part of the day trying to get my outdoor chores completed.  As a reward, I’m heading down to the Point this evening to see what transpires.  Please join me.  No jacket required.  We’ve had quite a warm-up, and it’s once again shorts and t-shirt weather.  Sunset is at 6:17 PM.  We can stand on the shore, have a seat on the bench, or take a walk along the beach while the sun slips down behind the horizon.

Watching the sky catch fire.
Watching the sky catch fire.

Be good, be kind, be loving.  Just Be.  🙂

A rainbow from this morning's walk.
A rainbow from this morning’s walk.

Today’s joys:  A rainbow early this morning; watching the clouds break up until the sky completely cleared; deleting some words until my mind was almost cleared; finding mushrooms on the other side of the lagoon; exploring the woods.


Robin is a photographer, artist, writer, wife, sometime poet, mom, grandma, daughter, sister, friend, and occasional traveler currently living on the Eastern Shore of Maryland. She finished a 365 commitment to get outside every day in 2011, and has turned it into a lifelong commitment taking one or more walks each day. Robin will continue to share her walks through her words and images on Breezes at Dawn. Older posts can be found at Life in the Bogs, her previous blog. Robin and her husband are in the midst of renovating the house and property they refer to as the Wabi-Sabi Ranch, 35 acres that include marsh, a dock on a tidal creek, meadows, and woodlands. Every day brings new discoveries.

24 thoughts on “Unnecessary things

  1. “…it is said that holding on to things that do not bring you joy represents your unwillingness or lack of readiness to allow in something new …” Sometimes it is about holding on to old things because you don’t want to lose the past.
    I am in the middle of cleaning out my parents home, the family home and finding it hard to put prices on things … some of which are priceless to me.
    I find myself hanging on to many things that are unnecessary to my life just because they hold the memories of my family. I don’t need a 50 yr old 16 piece place setting of china (the one my grandmother gave to my parents for their 1st anniversary), or the student desk my dad built in high school, or really any of it … but the thought of the family china on some other families special occasions table or my dad’s desk with someone that does not know him and that he designed and built it himself as a teenager hurts me inside … maybe it will just take a lot more time to let go.


    1. I understand this all too well, Bearyweather. I’m still holding on to some of my mother’s things for the same reasons. I’ve gotten a bit better about letting some of it go by reassuring myself that it’s better for the things to have some use than to be stored in a box. My mother was practical that way, and she’d agree. It takes time, that’s for sure. Hugs


  2. Hmm, maybe it’s just me, but “give up” feels like it requires more effort than “let go”. (One feels really active in my COMS-nerd mind, whereas the other feels more like a sigh of relief. Release.) Anyway, the notion of “unnecessary things” is coming up a lot these days, as we are packing our belongings into storage and preparing to travel. Some things have been easy to release completely; others have been stored for a later date; and some things I’m not quite ready to pack up yet…


    1. Nah, it’s not just you, Dana. I think they feel different, too. Letting go is a sigh of relief, at least for me. Giving up always feels forced for some reason.

      I can’t imagine that you have any unnecessary things at this point! You and Marty have moved so much (and lived in quite small places). I think I need to move about three more times before I’m finally pared down (but don’t let the Universe hear me say that because the thought of moving again anytime soon feels like too much!).


  3. You know what, Robin?….that long post full of too many words, that you didn’t post, served its purpose. It cleared your brain, as you spilled out all of the unnecessary words, and now they are gone. Letting go is a good thing to do, with so many aspects of life, and I’ve also noticed that sometimes, when you can let go, the very thing you are letting go of comes straight back, in another form….just because it was meant to be.

    Your sky shows are amazing around your home. ❤


  4. always amazed to read your blog, it seems we are in sync or something because it was just yesterday, while deciding what to say to the workers who are about to start working at my place, that I thought that I wanted a clean space with no unnecesary things because all I need to live is to be alive and a few things (what you mention) to stay alive. The rest is just accesory.


Comments are delightful and always appreciated. I will respond when I can (life is keeping me busy!), and/or come around to visit you at your place soon. Thank you!

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