Just The Right Amount of Things

by johnandterri


As I have written about in the past, when one walks the Camino, you are carrying just the essentials you will need for the 5 weeks of walking. Terri and I spent a lot of time in preparation finding just the right equipment that was very light and worked for what we needed. We were both very happy, in general, with all that we brought with us. Each item in the pack was carefully selected since we were trying to get our pack weight to about 20 to 22 lbs.We did not have to carry food or shelter since we ate our meals out each day and stayed in hostels each night.

This was a very good experience for us, it forced us to experience living with a very small amount of “things”. One thing about coming back home from the Camino, is you try and apply to our life some of the things you learned from the “Camino Experience”. Learning to live with just the right amount of things you really need seems to be a tough challenge for a couple of “pack rats” like Terri and I. Having lived in our house now for 30 years we have accumulated a lot of things! We are both intent at trying to find ways to reduce some of the things in our life that have filled up our house to just the right amount.

Terri recently purchased the book “The Life Changing Magic of Tidying up” by Marie Kondo. The book has been a best seller since it came out in October 2014. Terri is nearly done with the book and I plan to read it next. From the bits and pieces that Terri has read to me from the book, she does seem to be on to something. The signature question you are to ask yourself for each item you pick up to determine what do with is: “Does it spark joy?”. The idea is to keep only those items that spark joy in you.

Thinking back to those items we had in our Camino pack, each item was carefully selected and I can say today each one did spark joy in that they were exactly the items we needed for our walking journey. In fact, I find that I am still love and use many of the items I purchased for the Camino in my weekly hiking I have been doing.

I am looking forward now to our journey we will be embarking on right here at our home to reduce all the things we own to just the right amount of things.



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