When I was home in Dublin just before Christmas, I overheard a couple of people speaking Irish. This doesn’t happen very often anymore and I love to hear it.
I was reminded of a lovely quirk of the Irish language which implies how quickly emotions can pass. The Irish for ‘I am happy’ is ‘tá áthas orm’. The literal translation is ‘there is happiness upon me’. By the same token, ‘I am sad’ is ‘tá brón orm’, ‘there is sadness upon me’.
What I love about this, is the implication that these feelings are fleeting. Rather than a definitive ‘I am sad’, there is a suggestion that while there might be a feeling of sadness for now, it could change quickly and easily. You are not forever attached to a particular emotion. The sadness or the happiness could quickly move on elsewhere!
Not that I particularly want happiness to be short-lived but no emotion lasts forever!
I want to use this mindset on my journey to simplicity.
I may like something or even feel a strong attachment to it, whether this is an item of clothing or a kitchen appliance. But I would prefer that my liking or attachment has shallow, rather than deep roots.
They’re just things, that should undoubtedly bring value to my life.
But not define it.
I am not my possessions. I want to let go a bit more.
I like the idea that letting go of a ‘thing’ makes room for something more valuable. Or just reducing attachment for a ‘thing’ could be a step in the right direction.
If I’m less attached, then I can see what is truly important.
Deireadh seachtaine deas agaibh! (Have a great week) 🙂
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