I stumbled across this website the other day and was ecstatic to find so many kindred spirits. I have been thinking and living this way for many years. It is who I am. Yet I have difficulty finding others who are like minded. I sit in a group of ladies at the coffee shop and the topic invariably turns to the latest clothes and shoes they all bought. I sit silent.
I chat with a group of parents at the local high school basketball game. They begin to talk about the latest car or boat they bought. I sit silent.
Have we as a nation given our decision-making ability over to those in marketing? They write snazzy advertisements and produce enticing commercials—we fall all over ourselves to hand over our hard-earned money and fill our houses, and basements, and garages, and rented storage units with stuff we do not need and mostly will not use.
“The culture-driven inclination to find happiness in our possessions is rarely thwarted in any way through the process.”Joshua Becker
Stuff does not give true happiness. It is a lie. Don’t believe it.
Joshua Becker is right. We must evaluate our lives. Who am I? Where is my life going? What will I leave behind when I am gone? Love or stuff?
I am noticing that my tone is a bit harsh. I apologize and I wonder why…? I think it is because so many people in the world, in our neighborhoods, do not have a real friend. They are starving for love. No one has the time to spend with them, listening and loving them. Instead America is busy with T.V., phones, social media, shopping.
Okay, let me return to my topic sentence. I am ecstatic to find so many kindred spirits! Check out this blog. I see that he has a following of over 190,000. That gives me hope. So, jump on the band wagon and throw overboard the latest doo-dads and gizmos.
The research is confirming our observation: we own too much stuff. And it is robbing us of life.Joshua Becker
For eye-opening stats, read this blog post with careful attention. http://www.becomingminimalist.com/clutter-stats/
Today I am filling a box with stuff to go to my local thrift shop this week. What are you doing in your life this week to de-clutter and de-own? Share your story to encourage others.