Take a look on your shelf, in your closet, garage and every other room. You may notice that you have acquired a great deal of “stuff” over the years. Now ask yourself, how often do you use all of your “stuff?” Most will find that its not too often that we take an item off of the shelf or out of a box. It stays put, covered in dust most of the time dwelling within the sphere of acquisition.
Though many things that we keep are indeed useful, and have their time for use which may or may not be all that often; most are simply objects taking up space. This space could be used much more wisely, much like the infinite space within the heart.
If you’ve ever ridden on the schoolbus as a child, you know the name of this game. Too many kids cramped on vinyl seats with seatbelts that don’t work or are missing. Kids hop around, joke, torment and belittle other kids and torture the bus driver at times. Many things happen on the ride to and from school.
I remember riding the bus. We all had our own particular seats that we favored. In front of me sat a lone child, socially awkward is the best that I could describe him. Though he tried his best to fit in, it just never worked. He laughed at all the wrong jokes, he said all the wrong things and talked to all the wrong people. He was belittled and tormented on the bus and often chased from the bus by gangs of other kids.
After a while this child sat alone behind the bus driver; arms crossed over his backpack which sat in his lap. His head faced the window, eyes focused on the glass in a glazed blank stare that would burn steel. Despite his efforts to remain invisible, he was still tormented and bullied daily. I remember his face like it were yesterday.
While we travel through life in the modeled world of producer and consumer, we fail to cultivate compassion for all beings. We all work more so we can spend more so we can acquire more “stuff.” We live among mountains of horde, none of which contain compassion.
If we spend our life working more only to have more things, what truly have we gained here? This is not the essence of life, this is a human construction of shame. We should all take a seat on this bus, and feel the torment of our actions.
In the sphere of acquisition, we should strive to cultivate compassion for all life; to place a hand on another shoulder and touch the soul. Perhaps when we acquire a shelf or closet full of compassion and love, then the items on the shelf will be used often; never covered in dust.