The Less You Own, The Less That Owns You


Our Family has been in need of an escape from media, noise, and stuff….and a few days on Lake Dunlap earlier this week gave us the remedy we were looking for.

We spent from Monday morning through Wednesday evening with no internet, no tv, and no phones.  It was nothing but Family fun and connecting, and I’m telling you man….it felt so, so good to be completely in the moment with the kids with no distractions and complete focus.  Not one of us wanted to leave the beauty that we were immersed in or the sweet feeling of freedom.

Half way through our escape, I turned to my kids and said “what if we just stay here and don’t return home?”….and the response was “yeah, let’s do it”.  I then asked if there was anything they would need from home if we were not going back there.  It was the response to this question that was the highlight of our entire time on Lake Dunlap.

Indie answered “clothes”.

Kassi answered “my books”.

That’s it.

Neither of them said iPads, toys, movies, etc.  At that moment, they were completely content with what they had….which was just our family.

You see, along with no internet, tv, or phones….there was also no toys, electronics, and barely enough clothes (our baby, River, could have gotten by without any clothes as he pretty much went naked the whole time out there).

I’ve said it before, and I am in the process of putting out a post on this subject….but to me there are only two things that matter: Family and Bikes.  If I have that, then I have all I need.  The rest is just STUFF.

That Granny over at Sweet Leaf Tea was right: “The Less You Own, The Less That Owns You”.

Loving life on and off the Bike

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  • Joel Phillips

    Did you leave out fishing pole? Family, bike & fishing pole…the trinity of contentment….

    Great post Darryl, as always.

  • Michelle

    I couldn’t agree more. Not long ago I wrote a blog post on the same topic …

  • Marty @twittyboyd

    So true!
    We all need to simplify our lives!

    • Darryl is Loving the Bike

      Somehow, it seems to me like you already are quite simplified….it shows in your soul.

  • Eric Hutchins

    The post brings thing down to a bare simple truth. We only THINK we need all the trappings that we can have to be happy.

    I was in India a while ago riding in a car on the way to work and on the side of the road, in the most incredible filth and squalor that you can possibly imagine there was a young woman bathing her child. The 2 year old was standing in a tub of dirty brown water, arms outstretched towards mom, hopping up and down. There was pure joy on their faces that I could see so clearly from my window. The image is burned into my brain and will be there forever.

    When I am feeling sorry for myself I think about that image.

    • Darryl is Loving the Bike

      Wow, that is quite a vision to have burned to your brain……I can see why you’re the good man that you are.

    • AmandaGaleKotyk

      Aww….your comment brought tears to my eyes, Eric.  

      • Eric Hutchins

         It does to mine too. :). It so easy to slip into thinking why me? why is my life hard? and it helps me to remember a little perspective from time to time.

  • AmandaGaleKotyk

    I love this post, and love the magical time we spent on Lake Dunlap.  

    • Darryl is Loving the Bike

      We need many more Lake Dunlap magical type days in our future.

  • Rene Moreno Jr

    Great philosophy.

    • Darryl is Loving the Bike

      It sure is, Rene……working at getting closer all the time.

  • Rene Moreno Jr

    Great philosophy.

  • Rene Moreno Jr

    Great philosophy.

  • Shana

    Living with less is more enriching. Great post.

    • Darryl is Loving the Bike

      Yes it is, Shana…..thanks for your comment.

  • Brian Amer

    Lovely post. :)

    • Darryl is Loving the Bike

      Thanks Brian, I appreciate you checking it out and leaving your comment.


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