There is a school of thought in decluttering which stipulates that one should not hold on to anything which does not bring one joy. I understand the intent there, but I honestly do not find joy in things.
Relationships bring me the most joy in my life. Interactions with my family, my friends, my church family, and yes, my cats all bring joy into my life. So, is there joy in my life? Certainly! Is that joy dependent upon possessions? Not so much as it turns out.
One gray area though, is cycling. When I’m out cycling I experience true joy. It’s the joy of movement, of the rush of wind, of sunshine on my face, and of just being close to the sights and sounds (and sometimes smells) of the world that bring me joy. It’s not the bicycle, but the experience that brings joy. The thing is, it’s darned hard to go out cycling with a bicycle.
So, perhaps there is more to that school of thought than I thought.