God loves beautiful things. The world is filled with beautiful things, objects, animals, people, nature, etc…. Everywhere you look in nature, you will find beauty. God made beautiful things, because he /she obviously enjoys the beauty in and of life. Surround yourself with beautiful things, it’s okay to want them. It’s okay to want more. Notice the beauty in everything around you. I hate spiders, but I can notice the beauty in some of the most colorful spiders outside my house. I appreciate them much more when they stay outside my house! The beautiful varieties of birds keep me entertained all year round, outside my window. They are truly beautiful.
I fill my home with things that I find beauty in and enjoy. I think that there is nothing wrong with having stuff. Many times people find fault with people who have more than they need. Having lots of things is not the problem. The attachment to them can be a problem. We always want more. That’s okay. But, when we can’t let go, that can be bad. That’s when you know you have an issue you need to figure out. Everyone has things they are attached to because they have sentimental value. When you are saving old bills, and more plastic bread bags than you could use in your lifetime, or you have every issue of every magazine you’ve ever read, you might have a problem. Maybe you have so much furniture you can barely walk through your house. Well, that’s just hoarding. They make television shows about things like that! Watch a couple of episodes, and you might find it easier to let go of a few things you’ve been holding onto for too long.
I have so many things, it often feels good to go through things and get rid of stuff every once in a while. I love shopping. I love Christmas, in part, because I love to shop for gifts for other people. It’s not the purchase that is exciting, but the hunt for the perfect gift. I would probably have been a good picker. You may have seen the television program, “American Pickers”. It follows two men who go through old barns and houses to find collectibles and antiques, which they then sell in one of the their shops. I love this so much, that I have created a version of it for myself. I spend my time online, searching through auctions, and then resell the items I purchase on Ebay or my Etsy store. I get to enjoy my treasures, and put them out around my house, but then when I sell them, I move on, putting a different treasure out for display. I enjoy that one for a while, then sell it, and on and on I go. I definitely have some with sentimental value, which I will never sell, but will eventually hand off to a member of the family.
I enjoyed myself shopping for living, at one point. I landed a job where I had to shop through stores in shopping malls, to create displays for the latest merchandise they had for sale. Before that, I worked in specific stores, creating displays of the newest clothing and accessories for sale. It was nice to go to work and have fun everyday.
There is nothing wrong with things that bring you joy. You won’t catch me checking each item in my house to see if it brings me joy though! I don’t have to hold it to figure that out , which is the Japanese method for decluttering that is so popular right now. The point is, enjoy whatever it is in your life brings you joy. Whether it’s a person, people, a job or a thing. A job you enjoy going to, is in itself a beautiful thing. Find what brings you joy and get more of it. Enjoy more of it. If it’s the beach, then maybe you can move to it. If it’s a dog, then maybe you can get one, or maybe you can walk dogs for people in your free time. Whatever it is, pursue it. Because joy and happiness, the beauty in life is what life is all about.