by Tammy Taylor
It seems in our culture there’s a constant struggle for more. A larger house, a newer cell phone, a flashier car.
Of course there’s nothing wrong with pursuing the things you truly desire. But I think many times the drive for newer/bigger/better has nothing to do with things that we ourselves want. Oftentimes it’s false wants brought on by looking around to see what everyone else is doing. Self-depreciating thoughts sneak into your mind: “Judy just got a brand new car, now I hate mine because it’s an older model”. or “I don’t feel professional anymore because this is last year’s outfit.”
So often we’re looking at what others have and measuring ourselves and even our worth against that! Instead of the never-ending battle of pursuing things, I want to strive to pursue HAPPINESS instead!
Satisfied With ‘Enough’
Although it seems to fly in the face of society norm, my goal is to be satisfied with ‘enough‘. But what is the definition of enough? It’s not about deprivation, but about being satisfied and even happy with last year’s outfit if it looks great on you! Perhaps it’s enjoying driving your older car because it still looks nice & it’s completely paid off. It’s appreciating your current house because of all the great memories you’ve made there.
Think of it this way: You’ve worked hard for the things you have, now it’s time to sit back and enjoy them without quickly pushing them aside so you can be grabbing at the next big thing.
How Does This Affect Relationships?
And I wonder, when you’re satisfied with the things you’re already blessed with it just seems logical that you’ll find less need to buy more & more to clutter your home and your life. Less clutter = more space in your home, more peace with yourself and your life. And how could that not carry over into your relationships?
What about the way you parent your children? If you were satisfied with the possessions you already owned for both you & your children could it make you a little less harried. Maybe a little less stressed when dealing with your little ones?
Or what about your marriage? If you’re not trying to buy more-more-MORE there’s no need to work so much overtime at a job you hate to be able to afford the newer/better whatsit. What does that mean?
Well it could mean that after a hard day at the office you can come home & just spend time together talking, sharing, LIVING. How can those relationships not be healthier??
Photo Credit: Cynthia Taylor
The bottom line is that there’s nothing wrong with buying what you want, just make sure it’s for the right reason and you, your family & even your wallet will be happier!
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