The Meaning of Things

As I've been sitting here contemplating my stuff, and wondering what I need, what I don't, and how much we all need stuff to keep us settled and rooted, I've been reading some other people's thoughts about things.

Pico Iyer has written a beautiful article on living with less in the New York Times. Though I'm feeling conflicted right now about the lack of things in my life, I agree with Iyer. Less is definitely more. The less you need, the more you are free to do whatever job you want, to take time off if need be. Buying less allows you to live life on your terms.

On the other hand, I know I couldn't live like Daniel Suelo, who lives in a canyon in Utah without any money or things. Although I try to buy as little as possible, I've also recognized the importance my things have in my life.

I still think there is a happy medium that most of us have not found, that I am striving to find, between having clutter, and having too little. Maybe, one day soon, I will figure out that that happy medium is.

Have you found the happy medium between too many things and too little? What is it for you?