I sit in my living room as I type this, I look around at just this one room and I want to cry! Where do I begin to downsize for our next move into a smaller home? What things can I really live without? The answer is everything, it is just things, in the long run what does it matter? What matters are people and pets and plants, in other words, living things add oxygen to our world, they give us life. Things do not add oxygen to our lungs, they collect dust on a shelf! What if I were to lose everything in a fire, or flood, sure I would mourn the loss of my stuff! But what would I save, people, pets, plants, and photo’s! I can replace books, tv’s, furniture, and most everything else! Then I think to myself, maybe this move will be good for me, even cathartic in a way! Giving up home ownership to go into a rental home will reduce the stress and worry! Just pick up the phone, call Maintenance and have them come and fix whatever is wrong! They are in charge of cutting grass, shoveling snow and changing light bulbs! No worry if I take a trip about who will look after the property! Yes, the plus check marks are adding up much faster than the negative ones! So as I prepare for this move, with every box I pack, only those things that add to my well being will be moving with me! But still, I’m sure the tears will find a way out of my eyes, and that’s ok!