I’m not sure if this person is entering the tunnel, the darkest parts yet to come; or if they are coming out of it and into the light. This has been my life since June 2008.
I sold my house without a plan. I jumped, but the next rock was not there for me to land on. There were hopes and tentative plans, doubts about how quickly the house would sell. Consequently, my wife, 2 boys and I have been living in a 500 sq/ft duplex on a college campus for 8 months. It was a God-send at the time, now it feels like an anchor around my neck.
The other day my wife and I were sitting on the couch in the main room, talking about next steps. Secretly, in my mind and heart, I was bemoaning our small space. Think about it… 500 square feet. Most garages are between 400-500. At the same time I was proud at how well we had gotten by without most of our things (which are in storage). It is, at times, both a practical and an emotional struggle.
Suddenly, I pictured the “sample home” on display in the offices of Compassion International and realized that one tiny home that houses most families around the world, would easily fit 4 times into the very room I was sitting in. My tiny, uncomfortable space– 500 square feet– is 4 times the size of an average home around the world. Needless to say, my attitude and heart changed.
Now, I am not saying I’m ready to live in 500 square feet forever… but I can certainly do it for a time, and do it with a smile on my face.