In the past, I always harbored a mentality and inclination for accumulation: when I acquired delectable sustenance, I yearned to reserve it for the occasion when my family convened for dinner. When I procured new garments, I was invariably hesitant to don them immediately, envisioning an opportune moment for their unveiling. However, my perspective is now evolving, for I have come to realize that amassing possessions can also engender disappointment and squander.
While sorting through garments for the changing seasons, I unearthed an opulent cashmere sweater, a prominent brand, gifted to me by my mother-in-law upon my nuptials. Due to my responsibilities in tending to my children over the past few years, I relegated it to the depths of a container, fearing it would soil. Upon donning it, I discovered that my physique had augmented considerably, rendering the garment constricting and uncomfortable. I tenderly stroked the fabric, relishing its exquisite texture, and experienced a profound sentiment of affection towards it. Despite its considerable price tag and my initial intention to wear it on numerous occasions, I opted for an everyday light pink hue. Alas, despite such deliberation, the garment’s value has been squandered – since its acquisition, it has only graced my person twice! Such a lavish garment should not be so wantonly wasted. Drawing a deep breath, I donned the cashmere sweater and ventured outside. Along the way, I felt ensnared, like a captive within a corset. The snug, high collar accentuated my plumpness, while my neck, thickened and shortened by weight gain, struggled for unimpeded respiration. Upon my return home, I reluctantly shed the garment, gazing despondently at this resplendent attire, plagued by uncertainty as to whether I should retain it until I shed pounds or bestow it upon my sister…
A fine garment, when frequently worn, becomes an indelible part of one’s existence, a squandering of its inherent splendor and a depletion of natural resources. Yet, I cherished it until it dwindled, became tattered, and fell out of vogue, only to realize that I had worn it but a handful of times, thus transforming my initial adoration into a lamentation of regret.
During a recent visit to my childhood abode, my mother thoughtfully prepared steamed blood sausage for me. This delicacy, enjoyed during wintry seasons of yore, necessitates fresh casings and pig’s blood for its delectable preparation. Since my marriage and subsequent departure from my hometown, I had not savored this exquisite dish in many years. This time, its rarity and preciousness were amplified. After a single meal, my mother bestowed the remaining blood sausage upon me, enabling several more indulgences upon my return. I conceived the notion of taking this delicacy to my mother-in-law’s abode, relishing its taste in unison during an upcoming weekend. However, blood sausage is difficult to preserve and cannot be frozen; it can only be refrigerated at 0 degrees. I adjusted the refrigerator’s temperature and positioned it in close proximity to the cooling pipes. To my dismay, when I retrieved it on the designated weekend, I discovered it had succumbed to mold and had to be discarded, leaving me distressed and vexed. Upon learning of the mishap, my mother expressed regret, lamenting that she should have consumed it herself.
These missteps have finally enlightened me to the fact that valuable possessions should not be hoarded. Only when employed to their fullest potential can they truly fulfill their worth. The older generation treasures belongings more fervently than we do, exhibiting greater reluctance to part with them. Confronted with this matter, I seized the opportunity to offer counsel to my mother: pluck and savor the ripened fruits from the garden without delay, refraining from reserving them for others; relish the eggs laid by our hens while they remain fresh, rather than allowing them to spoil while awaiting their delivery; as for the garments we acquire, let us don them in our everyday lives, rather than storing them away for special occasions… Cherishing should be an immediate endeavor, not a deferred act.
Upon acquiring a new pair of shoes, I wore them to work the following day, and have since worn them daily. Previously, I would have stowed them away for a few days before wearing them, and even after a single use, I would observe with dismay the emergence of creases on their once pristine and smooth uppers, prompting me to tuck them away for a few more days before their next outing. In the past, I disapproved of hastily utilizing new possessions, often bemoaning the notion of “burning through” them. However, I now harbor no reluctance in employing them promptly, driven by an ardent affection. I no longer conceal them in reverence, but rather find it impossible to part with them – I eschew idleness and employ them frequently. I holdthem dear, not as mere material objects, but as companions in my daily life.
This shift in perspective has brought me a newfound sense of liberation and contentment. Instead of waiting for the perfect moment or occasion to use or wear something, I embrace the present and make the most of what I have. I have come to realize that the true value of possessions lies not in their novelty or rarity, but in the joy and utility they bring to our lives.
In essence, I have learned that hoarding and preserving possessions for some elusive future can lead to disappointment and waste. Instead, I choose to cherish and utilize what I have in the present, finding fulfillment in the simple act of using and enjoying the things that surround me. By embracing this mindset, I am able to fully appreciate the beauty and purpose of my possessions, and I no longer feel burdened by the weight of accumulation.
So, let us embrace the philosophy of cherishing what we have, not just for its intrinsic value, but for the joy and fulfillment it brings to our lives. Let us use our possessions, wear our favorite clothes, savor our delicacies, and make the most of each day. In doing so, we can find greater happiness and live a life enriched by the simple pleasures that surround us.