This is my parking space.

 

I was watching a TedxTalk on minimalism from the guys known as The Minimalists, and a lady knocks on my door, no actually she doesn't knock, she says Hello!, helllooo.  She sounded upset, maybe a little angry, holding a note in her hand.  I paused my video and I opened the door, for the next 10 mins after telling her No, that parking spot is ours, I listen to her and Mark go back and forth about the parking space; the little slice of concrete about 4 feet from my front door.  They go back and forth about money, leases, rights and so on.  Her ego was hurt, our egos were hurt, more importantly our quality of life was hurt.  I still believe our opinion trumps hers, but I understand where she's coming from.  I started to wonder, after the clash was over and I finished watching my video (and went to The Minimalists blog), what the value was in this one parking spot.  What did it mean to her and what did it mean to us, that we would be arguing behind old architecture; on the front "porch", outside of where I spend majority of my time, like children bickering over whose stuff was whose.

I'm definitely not perfect, and I know Mark would say the same about himself, but I still feel our side of this little quarrel is the truth.  But does it even matter?  Maybe what matters is we keep our little slice of concrete; that we don't have to worry about a stranger parking so close to home, that this person can't bogard what's ours because they pay more, and because they got "permission" to do as they please.  Maybe what matters is she can keep the parking because it's "more convenient" for her needs (...nah). 

What's mine is yours...except when you're a rude stranger.  I guess I didn't learn too much here, but I was reminded of the tests we receive in life that force us to remember that we are amongst others with different goals and ideas of what's wrong or right, or what's black or blue.  As co-owner and a member of DORK, I'll keep thinking of these little tests as reminders of what's valuable in my life; what I should treasure and what I should give away.

 

I agree with a few things The Minimalist guys say, mostly their recommendation on only keeping things around you that have value and improve your quality of life; keeping it simple.  If you want to do your own research of their ideas you can visit their blog: theminimalists.com

Doree