One family I know have recently had to move to another city 1000 km away in one night, due to an emergency situation. They had to pack their car up with all they could fit and leave their home in a few hours.
Then, they had to find a way to bring all their remaining things, including furniture, to their new home. This included renting a truck, driving for 8 hours, taking a ferry overnight, spending a day packing the truck, driving everything 1000 km to their new home. And we should add the psychological and emotional worry of being able to get back their possessions.
When I first found out about this situation, I thought of the Japanese belief which says that we should only own as many things as we can transport with our own strength. No car, no truck, just body. I imagined how easy it would be to be able to react to any change or situation with so few possessions! We could move as quickly and easily as we made decisions. We could travel, change job or home, move city or country by just slinging a rucksack over our back and carrying a suitcase or two.
How often the thought of moving or changing has seemed daunting to me because of all the hassle I’d have in transporting my possessions. Isn’t it ridiculous that material things can prevent us from moving forward in life, from undertaking new projects and from realising our dreams?!
Let’s make sure we give ourselves the freedom of movement, by granting ourselves the right to live lightly.