Self storage


packrats store
useless items-

When I think of attachment and hoarders I had not thought of the Self Storage market. The other day as I drove by a high rise storage facility it hit me how letting go of “things” is very difficult. After looking deeper I wondered if there might be other factors well. The following quote from Inside Self Storage showed me that the “Self Storage” industry preys on the consumer and perpetuates the consumer mentality.

Positive signs in the U.S. economy could mean improvement in the self-storage sector in 2012. Low interest rates, unemployment and strategic home foreclosures could mean a higher demand for storage space in some areas, and unique opportunities are developing on the investment side of the business.

I have used such places in the past while moving, as a temporary solution, while I finished acquiring housing. But to store items long term shows a level of attachment to “things” that is unhealthy. The business’ developing their plan that preys on people who are already done is, in my opinion, more indicative of underlying attachments and lack of compassion.

The final image I leave you with is this.

sleeping man
huddles under box-
first month free

About fiercebuddhist

Welcome. I am happy that our paths have crossed. Here you will find various poems, articles and photography. I hope that you enjoy them and visit often. I am currently working on writing “A Haiku A Day” so that I can, perhaps, have enough good ones for publication. If you are wondering what a “Fierce Buddhist” the following declaration should clarify. The “Fierce” in FierceBuddhist I define as “an obligation to do what I can to benefit all sentient beings, not just those close to me or those I agree with. If I see something or someone that is hurting others I must step forward and do what I can to assist them.” In the Army and in the dojo I learned how to defend myself, family and country but that does not mean I endorse the use of force. Two nonviolent examples of Fierce Buddhists that come to mind are Thich Nhat Hanh and the Dalai Lama. While I do not claim be even close to them I can strive and so can you. Furthermore, my Buddhist name, given to me by Sensei Kubose, is Seiyo. His interpretation of my communication and interaction with him led him to this name. He told me Seiyo means “Fierce Sun.” The sun shines on everyone without prejudices without giving preferential treatment to anyone. This is tough to live up to, as you can imagine, but it sure sets the tone for my life. In Buddhism this is called a Fierce Bodhisattva. I am only on the path to Enlightenment and can only say to be a Fierce Buddhist.

3 responses »

  1. Interesting article. Relationships with material things are as varied as the people who have and don’t have things. It into quite as simple as ” attachment” to things I don’t believe. It really is a fascinating subject. I have a strange relationshipwith things.

    • This past month we decided to belatedly “Spring Clean”. Our youngest has outgrown many of her clothes. Some of them were so difficult to put in the bag for donation. The attachment, for us, is not truly to the “things” but to the events or memories. It is hard to let go of that little girl. 🙂

      In Japanese there is a word “mu jo” which translates as “not always the same.” It is natural for things to change and yet out minds and ego want them to remain the same. Easy to understand difficult to implement.

      Life is Mu Jo.

  2. This is really thought provoking. I have a lot of stuff. Books, CDs, DVDs but don’t view myself as being especially materialistic – I guess it’s down to individual perspective. I have a friend who has two storage units filled with all sorts of stuff that he might never use… it’s interesting to think about why he does that. Maybe it gives him comfort to surround himself by possessions? Hmm…

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