What do we truly own?

Many years ago, when my daughter was around four, one of my cousins had come to visit us, with her son, who was the same age as my daughter.

The children eyed each other and then slowly left the comfort of their moms’ presence and decided to play and explore the house together.

We lived in an apartment complex, on the 20th floor. The view was fantastic and my daughter pointed out the beach and the trees to her cousin. Then she pointed to the garden below (belonging to the complex) and said proudly, “See that’s my garden.”

Her cousin was not to be outdone. He said, “No, this is my garden.”

“No, mine”, said my daughter firmly.

The boy was tough as nails, “IT IS MINE”, he screamed.

“Miiiiiinnnnnnneeeeee”, my daughter shouted right back.

Stamping feet and tears threatened. Both kids pitifully pointed out to the garden below and claimed possession. It was a question of toddler egos now, both stood firm, eyes blazing with indignation writ large on their faces.

As moms, we knew they would quickly come to blows! We quickly separated and consoled them, each of us assuring our child that the garden belonged to him or her.

I laugh at the memory now. But seriously, this set me thinking.

What are the things that are truly ours? When we live we covet, possess, buy and own. We hoard, we stack, we trash and we buy more.

When we leave this world, we take nothing with us. Every single thing that we possessed would have become like the garden in the apartment complex, belonging to some one else.

What we will probably truly own is space in the hearts of people we loved and who loved us back, the wishes of people whom we may have helped, the sunshine we brought to somebody’s life maybe!

We will never truly own anything else.

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12 thoughts on “What do we truly own?

  1. lali1405

    Very thought provoking and very beautifully written. It’s very difficult to accept that we don’t own anything/anyone but that is the truth. Attachment is very difficult to give up.
    Do good always:)

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  2. lali1405

    Very thought provoking and beautifully written. It is very difficult to accept that we don’t own anything/anyone but that is the truth. Attachment is very difficult to give up. Do good always 🙂

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  3. Sastha

    Good one, Nimmi! Very philosophical! 🙂

    A small anecdote… When one dies and goes to the heaven’s gates, the angel there asks show me what you earned and possess, and I will let you through… naturally we have nothing in our hands. Then the angel asks tell me what good deeds have you done to others and how much love you have given… if you can answer this question, you are in.

    So, it is just the good deeds and actions that matter in the end and not the possessions you had owned.

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  4. writerinsoul

    Nicely written. I think about this a lot. I don’t own much but the things I do have give me so much pleasure. I’d take the intangible things (experiences, love, good deeds, friendship, etc.) over them certainly, but my attachment to possessions tells me I’m just not fully evolved! (I’ve decided I can live with that.)

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