You may remember that I wrote about the “100 Thing Challenge” back in Sept. of 2009. That was really the beginning of my desire to start living with less. Well, I just finished reading Dave Bruno’s book about his 100 Thing Challenge and how it all came about. In this book he writes about how his life was before the challenge and what led him to create this challenge.
Dave then goes on to describe the process of going through his personal things and making decisions on what to sell or give away. He talks about his emotional ties to his train set and how he had been hanging on to those trains because of some disappointments from his childhood. I love how he points out how many of us, himself included, go and buy stuff as an attempt to fix an emotional problem. That is what shopping does for many people. It tricks them into feeling like they are solving problems, but really they are only creating more.
He purged the trains. He says that letting go of those trains “was inspirational and cathartic.” I have a part-time organizing business and I would love for a lot of my clients to read Dave’s book. I wish everyone could experience what it feels like to let things go. It’s not as scary as many believe.
As I read the book, I felt as if I were sitting down across from Dave and he was telling me the story about his life over the past few years. His writing is so easy to read and keeps you engaged. He writes from his heart and lets you into his thoughts and feelings. He’s transparent, which I love. He’s real and you can relate to him. You really get to know Dave and experience the challenge with him through his words.
I’m inspired by Dave and his story. I have begun my own 100 Thing Challenge and continue to work on it. I’m close, but need to continue to pare a few things down quite a bit. I think it’s a great idea, brilliant really. Living with less helps us to see what is really important and how much “stuff” we can live without.
I applaud Dave for creating this challenge and I thoroughly enjoyed reading his book and learning more about the person behind the challenge.