My counterintuitive advice is to…
We recently moved and while packing I discovered that I have five nearly identical black windbreakers, four hammers, sixteen phone chargers, and six unopened packs of those multi-colored fancy file folders. What the heck was I planning to fancily file? And this material redundancy parade didn’t stop there. I own six packs of brand new black dress socks, over a dozen nearly identical dime-store reading glasses and three pizza paddles. Do I unknowingly own a Dominoes Pizza franchise? Well, based on my newly discovered brain disorder, maybe I do!
It turns out that I buy the exact same thing, the very thing, mind you, that I already own, and worse yet, haven’t even used, over and over and over again. Furthermore, I discovered that I’m not alone. As I told others about my disorder, I learned that a lot of people are afflicted with this very same disease where…
We don’t value what we already have.
So my counterintuitive advice is to…
Value your possessions. When you are thinking about getting something, ask yourself, do I really need this? Do I already have it? And if you do get it, use it. Take care of it. Store it in its own special place – a place where that thing goes in your life. Not everyone on earth has the means to buy the stuff you buy. Know that you are privileged and that you should honor that privilege. I know that I don’t have the means to buy certain stuff. And while I don’t look ill upon those that do, I would at least like to see that the more fortunate had some semblance of respect and thankfulness for their fortunate-ness. So it stands to reason that I too should respect and be thankful for my level of fortunate-ness.
We should all think about each and every acquisition, from windbreaker to dime-store reading spectacle. From new car to dress sock. And if we don’t need it or are not going to use it, take care of it, and value it, then we shouldn’t get it! And if we do make the hugely important decision to bring a given thing, any thing, into our lives, we should respect that thing and the fortunate-ness that allows us to acquire it. So, I hope that going forward I can be this type of materialist. And by hearing about my story, maybe you can too.