Passive or Active
...how to not let the stuff own you.[via Randall Friesen]
That is a tricky one, because stuff accumulates around you as you progress through life.
You need a certain wrench or pen or marker or scissors for a certain need. Then when that need is met, you are still left with the tool you required, so you rightly save it, because you just paid for it and may have need of it again. This is good stewardship.
But then you end up hauling that tent around for the rest of your life, the one you used for just that one trip camping and have never wanted to use again.
I don’t know, there are no easy answers here folks.
Well, unless you have a quonset in the back yard you can use to hold all your stuff.
Collecting or gathering is passive, it happen to you as you progress through life. But divesting yourself of your stuff needs to be active. It takes a deliberate act on your part to lighten the load.
To get rid of. To give away.