This last weekend Beth & I spent traveling with her sister Melissa around Houston, finishing our trip at my aunt and uncle's country house.
It is always a place filled with great conversations, and during a particularly good one my aunt Susie made the statement that she is seeing the generations after her living post-things, beyond stuff. They don't need stuff to make them feel successful or measure how they are achieving. The next generations are free from hoarding lots of things to make them feel secure or feel they have made it somehow.
I am a part of the beyond-stuff crowd, and I want to embrace it. It is delightful! It is liberating! It is wonderful not feeling you need to acquire things as a way to measure you're success. And I'm just now starting to figure it out.
The innovators have been working on this idea for the last handful of years, and now it's becoming more mainstream. The more people hold their things with open hands, the more true a sharing economy becomes. We are open to sharing our homes and our cars and our time in a way and on a scale the generations before us would have seen as foolish. We are able to share openly things which were held precious and private before. It's a radical shift.
This morning I saw a principle that had eluded me before: everything we have, we are able to give away. It completes the circle. Obtain something, so you can then share it or give it away. Keeping our hands opens not only lets us receive, but also share.
As Beth & I are stepping into our future, houses and vehicles and domestic objects are all on the menu board. All the options look attractive, but we want an order we can share, a generous portion to share with our table.