Intent of the Day: Caught Up In the Stuff


If you’re somewhere surrounded by boxes and bags, we get it. It’s easy to get carried away by the stuff. Everything is on sale! And what better way to tell someone they matter than a thing. It can feel tangible and so sometimes it feels like the only thing that counts, but with a little mindfulness, we can be reminded that the stuff isn’t what builds relationship.

Today we want to set the intent of not getting caught up in the stuff. Instead we want to focus on contact, communication and our undivided attention. We want to give our time instead of another gadget that will get lost in a closet. What about you? You too? Here are 3 things to help you find and prioritize the things that matter most:

  • These 14 tips for a less materialistic lifestyle from Scott H. Young.
    It’s easy to get caught up in all the stuff and it can take some serious intention not to. We loved these tips for managing the stuff with the important stuff because it’s not just about how much you own, but about your mindset and the value you place on things and experiences.
  • These wise words about knowing and seeing what matters.

It’s not what you look at that matters, it’s what you see. -Henry David Thoreau

Life’s like a play: it’s not the length,
but the excellence of the acting that matters.
-Lucius Annaeus Seneca

We must take care of our families
wherever we find them.
-Elizabeth Gilbert

  • This wisdom on finding out what matters most to you.
    It’s easier to step away from the stuff when you know what matters. So how do you know what matters? We loved this great guidance from Tiny Buddha on figuring out what is important to you, what makes your come alive. If you haven’t taken 10 minutes to think about what you value, it can be so difficult to determine a heading that makes you happy. As your new year waits around the corner, what better time to wonder?