There they are, all 15 of them (about half of the shirts I brought to China). This is a ton of shirts?? Not compared to how many I used to have!
Somehow, in having to reduce my belongings to two 50-pound suitcases and a carry-on, my standard of abundance has been re-set. It was hard to decide what to take to China and what to give away or throw away. It was also a lot of work. But now, it feels freeing to live more simply, with just the things I need and not a lot of extra junk.
Having said that, I still live with far more stuff than most of the world. It's tempting to pat myself on the back for living simply, but take a look at some of the mess we trainees hauled across the ocean:
And that's just a fraction of it! So I may be getting a taste of the joys of simplicity, but it's definitely relative simplicity.