Begging Bowls
what we keep
To know what is essential, you must first know what you are trying to achieve.

--Leo Babauta
A traditional Buddhist monk had eight possessions:

3 robes
1 alms bowl
1 mendicant's staff
1 water bowl
1 sieve
1 blanket

Most of us have many more than 8 possessions. 

What is the significance of our possessions?

What is essential?
The meaning of things lies not in the things themselves, but in our attitude toward them.

--Antoine Saint-Exupery
Life is a series of natural and spontaneous changes.

Don't resist them -- that only creates sorrow.

Let reality be reality.

Let things flow naturally forward in whatever way they like.

--Laozi