Can the secret of a good life be that simple?
When we have things around us that we can not use we trap capital. We entrap the resources of the world in our personal worlds. Capital that is trapped is very much like a caged animal. It is tragic, really.
When we hold on to things that we can not use we create an artificial scarcity of those very resources in the world. You say how can your holding on to this extra pair of shoes, this house that you can not possibly use all of make a difference to others?
In your hands the things that are unused are simply dead weight. They are capital that is trapped, denying the world at large of its use. Releasing that capital floods the world with free capital, good will and is then available to others for their use.
To ease the suffering of others you only have to look at your self. Look at your own life. If each of us gave up three-quarters of everything that we had, things that we have but can not possibly be really using, imagine how much of a difference that would make!
Firstly it changes us. Secondly it changes others.
Life is a game of giving and receiving. It starts with giving. Won't you join me in this wonderful act by giving just two things each week? All my students are doing it. They keep a giving journal and do two acts of giving every week. One of them donated her hair, another smiled at everyone she saw out on the street and a third gave his green tea and breakfast snacks to a homeless family and fasted that day.
These are small acts of giving. They acknowledge the small things at our feet and create a revolution.