“You can’t take it with you.”
If there is only one thing that death teaches us, it is that we do not own anything. Yet this truth is not limited to the objects we think we own; neither do we own our reputation that follows us after death. Victims of crime or life-altering accidents are also faced with this harsh reality: we do not own anything.
But in the throes of the death of a loved one, the lesson that we do not own anything is not easily learned. We are too immersed in our grieving and utter astonishment at the loss. Mostly, we are in denial.
So it may be in the lesser things that we can be more attentive to this major lesson in life. For example, when someone moves our stuff, besmirches our work reputation, changes things that matter without consulting us… That is when we can more readily learn that we do not own anything. Good people all over the US are being forced to learn that they do not own their jobs, their homes, their families or their economic futures.
After the shock and sadness that follows our burst “ownership” bubble, where do we turn? Hopefully, we turn to a firmer, better grip on the truth. Your perception of the truth will differ from mine, but I am also happy to recommend a thought for you: we are here as incarnated spirits to love, share and to physically be – nothing else.
Loving is not about owning the one we love; it is loving them in a way that lets them be their true self. Sharing has never been about owning. Being has no investment in owning, it is simply being a spirit blessed with physical sensations.
Love. Share. Be. The rest is for experience and letting go.
What have you learned about letting go of ownership? Feel free to comment, using the comment link or reply box below.