When a Foreign Service Officer arrives in a new country, a “welcome kit” is waiting for them in their home. It is a big box of everything the household might need before their belongings arrive in a moving truck.
In terms of quality, think of something that is absolutely above reproach if someone were hunting for a place to trim the budget. You’ve got some basic sheets. The cheapest coffee maker. One plate, bowl, mug, glass for each person living in the house. A set of pots and pans. A can opener that will exact a price from your knuckles if used.
It is an odd gift, sitting in your house for you on arrival, waiting to be unwrapped.
But it honestly can be a gift, if I let it. In using the kit, something designed to meet only the most basic needs, I am shown how few my actual needs are. And so, when our things return, they take up less space in my life.
With this spaciousness, I am able to see more clearly that everything is a gift… this morning, my loved ones, this world, our existence. That mindset is a fun place to live.