Get Rid of Things You Don’t Have

I don’t know about you but the start of a new year always puts things in a different perspective for me.

I’m more motivated to reach my goals, I’m driven and full of this renewed zest for life that the start of a new year seems to inevitably bring.

All this is well and good.

However, there’s another thing that starting a new year always brings me, one that is less great.

The feeling of needing things.

That craving for all the things I don’t have yet.

Maybe it’s a by-product of all the holiday gifts I got that I love but didn’t know I needed before I actually got them. I don’t know.

I’m a minimalist at heart and I have very few things (compared to other North American people that is) but I still have too many -must haves- occupying my mind’s space.

It may seem inconsequential but the time I use dreaming of those things I want is actually detrimental to me.

People often say that the only way to get what we want, whether it is a specific object or an intangible goal is to focus on it with an eagle like obsession.

I’m all for vision boards and other derivatives but I have come to realize that having them can be dangerous. Staring in the face everyday what we don’t have yet is focusing on what we lack.

I don’t want to be obsessed with what I don’t possess. I want to feel the abundance of what life has already given me.

Getting rid of our material possessions may be hard but losing the mindset of always wanting is a lot harder.

There’s a lot of things I want for myself this year, material and non-material. However I cannot be focused on my goals if I’m constantly working with an image of all the things I want in the back of my mind.

So I have come to a logical conclusion.

In 2017 I am going to start getting rid of all the things I don’t have.

Who’s with me?

Do you have wants and desires that keep you from enjoying the here and now?

I’d love to know your thoughts in the comments.

*Photo Credit: Keoni Cabral flickr Creative Commons 2.0


3 thoughts on “Get Rid of Things You Don’t Have

  1. I think I agree without having actually gone through this thought process. I received a promotion at the end of 2016 and my girlfriend encouraged me to celebrate by buying something for myself. I trolled through Amazon and Etsy and found lots of stuff I’d love to own, but buying something I don’t need right after a very fruitful Christmas seemed so… selfish. I ended up deciding to use the money I might have spent on myself to send a bunch of books to a local queer youth organization. I figured, I have all these blessings already, why not use them to help someone else? I don’t say all this for praise or anything; I just totally know how you feel, and I’m going to try to take to heart your words this year.


    1. Thank you for reading and commenting I really appreciate it! You had a great idea. We should all encourage organizations more. Congrats on your promotion 🙂 and happy new year!

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