The Gift of Living

September 20th, 2011

“No more stuff”.
This is my code of being.

Let me tell you a story.
It begins with a garage sale
It ends with $750 in my pocket.

Let me tell you another 3 stories
They are all just like the first.
-how did this happen?

I want to know right now,
who fed the monster?
I demand answers.
I blame the children.
They blame me.

It’s time
to starve the beast.
And live by my code
-so listen up,
this is what’s happening

Gifts are no longer things, stuff.
But experiences.
Living, breathing fun.
Life is to be lived
not filled.

We go horse riding and do dune buggy rides.
See musicals,
eat dessert all day.
Write love letters, give foot massages.
It’s simple.

We’re not stuff haters,
I like a bit.
A bit makes things easier.
But more than that, we all drown.
You see,
I like to splash my way across life.
With air in my lungs.

We have to clean-out and let go,
so that our hands are free
to embrace
not things,
but this. This life.

“No more stuff”
This is my code of being.

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  1. Anonymous says:

    Love.  <3

  2. Denise Hawk says:

    Love.  <3

  3. shereen says:

    I like it,,,,thank you

  4. Becky Somsel says:

    Amen.  After packing up a house we had been in for 20 years, with kids’ lives for the entire span of time, less IS more.  I can’t agree more!  Here’s to simplicity and experiences!

  5. Anonymous says:

    nice poem….it is time we enjoy the simple things in life!

  6. lucy says:

    I love the backstreet cadence you use for this problem that exists for, amongst others, the educated.  Very very good, thank you!

  7. Debbie Lass says:

    Such lovely words of wisdom, Meg.  I need to post it on my frig to be reminded everyday…keep it simple, less is more, etc.  Thank you.  Debbie Lass

  8. meg says:

    Glad this simple message resonated 🙂

  9. Linda says:

    this is so timely for me as I clean out my mother’s apartment & bring a lot of her “stuff” into my already over”stuffed” home.  thanks.

  10. Anonymous says:

    This is indeed living,  the real essence of living, not just owing stuff.

  11. AbundantRobyn says:

    This resonates.  Thanks.

  12. Meg says:

    You are very welcome. I am striving to live this during the crazy holiday season.

  13. Tara Burner says:

    love it 🙂 I’m not about ‘stuff’
    never have been

  14. Michelle says:

    Thanks for the perspective….I have too much stuff, I need to do more stuff 

  15. Buck says:

    I couldn’t agree more!  And that’s EXACTLY why my wife and I started!!

  16. Myriam says:

    I feel exactly the same.  Especially after dismantling a family home where I raised 4 daughters and lived for 17 years.  I wanted to live in a hammock or tree house with no stuff by the time I had finished moving.

  17. Sherry says:

    Wow – with 3 kids this is my new mantra for 2013!

  18. Jasna Sever says:

     We all shall see world situation  and search together solutions .
    This is our planet ,we live together on our planet,but wars , fuels profits have nothing with us.We can live without wars and toxins but we can´t live without love,without our families and friends,without all what makes us happy.We urgent need peace,love,consciousness,respect.We need peaceful  blue planet with rainbow of nations,religions,thoughts,songs… 

  19. linda says:

    Thank you, this is exactly what I need to do.

  20. Sylvia says:

    A good friend always gives me a special gift at Christmas and Birthdays – world vision cards – advising of pencils to schools or pigs to a family or chickens.  A meaningful gift which helps others. The cards always make me cry with gratitude – that some-one really gets me!!!

  21. Susan says:

    Perfect for me right now! Ever since the New Year, I have been feeling the need to get rid of everything in sight that is no longer highly valuable or useful to me. I’m so looking forward to downsizing considerably more as we prepare to move. Simplicity, here I come!
    Love the idea of giving experiences as gifts, too. 

  22. Jasna Sever says:


  23. Raylene says:

    I spent three years simplifying, and don’t regret one single item I released. I have so much more TIME and SPACE for making memories– and for savoring them. Thank you for this affirming poem!

  24. owolabi Adedotun says:

    Hmm, this is inspirational 

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