Aaron Moore sold all his stuff. I mean everything: laptop, bike, clothes, memorabilia, surfboard, photos, his watch, coin collection, books and CDs, you name it, he sold it.
The 34 year old artist and aid worker had a massive public auction called ONE THING YOU LACK.
When I heard about this amazing event, I had to participate. Although the auction was Sydney based (and I am in Melbourne), I asked Aaron to ship me some specific items: black and white photos, memorabilia from his childhood, and anything his grandparents had given him. I had no idea which items he would choose but told him I would like to spend $50 plus postage.
It contained what I consider to be some amazing treasures. The items that killed me the most were his (obviously well-used) bible, and what appeared to be every single sporting ribbon and award, surf life-saving badges and Scouts badges. Evidence of his childhood and teens. Evidence of his faith. Evidence of his love of various activities. Clues to someone I did not know. I felt pretty humbled: I now owned items that were valued by someone else, items he was prepared to let go of in order to create better lives for others.
Aaron donated all proceeds to Global Concern and I hear he raised around $15,000. He donated unsold items to charity. Wow!
Does this story frighten or inspire you? Could you let go of your belongings – all of them? What if, like Aaron, you knew it would save lives? I know memorabilia would be the hardest thing for me to let go of.