I suddenly envy my daughter who lives in a tiny 2-room house on a farm in South Africa, who went over with a back pack and a suitcase for a couple of years. Granted she has more now than will fit in those pieces. She has resolved not to become too weighty with possessions because ultimately she thinks she will return to the States and cannot bring much back. I also think of my sister who passed away untimely of cancer and who taught me valuable lessons about earthly possessions that you cannot take with you. This means my whittling down of possessions must be done judiciously. The advice of my friend, Kathleen, was to ask myself: "Do I love this? Do I need this?" If not, then I must consider parting with it. I'm reconciling with this more and more as I look at the next stage of my life as a new act of my play. Also in Kathleen's words, "You need to be lighter, more nimble going forward!" Good advice.
Here is Thoreau's wisdom:
You can read about Henry David Thoreau here on Wikipedia.