What does it mean to truly own something? What does that take?
Something that is completely within our control. Something that is not capable of being hindered in any way, by anyone, under any circumstance.
What things fall into this category?
Not in the least. We’ve been given the usage of it for a limited period of time. And in a limited capacity. Its operation is not perfect nor unwavering. It can be stopped, its progress impeded, its function impaired.
This doesn’t mean we shouldn’t take care of it. It doesn’t mean we shouldn’t try to make the most of what we’ve been given. Just that we need to remember to what position we have been appointed.
We are a temporary guardian, nothing more.
It is ours to look after. When it fails to behave as we expect it to, we should not be angry nor frustrated. Rather we should be grateful for every occasion where we have been able to make use of it.
And when we are asked to give back what we have been given, we should do so willingly, readily restoring it to its true owner.
From nature it is given. And to nature it will be returned.