When we're unobscured, we're mighty. When we're without things to hide behind, we shine. It's a burden to try and hang on to things that were supposed to make us brighter, smarter, sexy, stronger.

Underneath all the stuff is an amazing person. Not measured by standards. But by the presence of who they are. I never get tired of seeing people without their clutter. After they let go of all the things that didn't matter to them, they radiate an aliveness that no product in the world can deliver.

Painting by Brooks Palmer (c) 2011