Be Materialistic

My counterintuitive advice is to…

be materialistic.

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…

be materialistic.

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.

Bye buy


25 thoughts on “Be Materialistic

  1. Romans 8:12 Mother Ministry October 21, 2017 / 8:30 am

    I have bought more than I needed for some unknown compulsion and it was like a premonition, for people who needed THAT VERY THING, came across my path. Wealth comes with THIS responsibility. Give.

  2. Paul Randall October 27, 2017 / 12:58 pm

    “Know that you are privileged and that you should honor that privilege.” thanks for the reminder, I am not wealthy by TV standards but many people in the word do not have a fraction of the basic comforts I enjoy every day.

  3. Michele LaFollette February 13, 2018 / 8:38 am

    Hello Sal, I don’t know why I’m just now realizing you have two blogs!!! One is enough for me! I love this post. I really think most of us can relate…my equivalent to your black socks is white t-shirts!
    P.S. TY for the like on #MeToo…that was hard to write.

    • Sal's Blog February 13, 2018 / 11:02 am

      Thank you Michele – one bako is my boiled down (one sentence) pondering’s – the other is my chance to organize my thoughts into essay form. Really liked your #MeToo piece. 😄

  4. Cai February 23, 2018 / 2:06 pm

    As a minimalist and cheap skate of 30 years
    i approve this topic

    • Sal's Blog February 23, 2018 / 2:08 pm

      As a fellow minimalist – Glad to get your approval!

  5. dizzylexa May 5, 2018 / 8:21 am

    I’m now at the age where I beginning to wonder where is all this stuff that I have accumulated over the years, yes and there are plenty of duplicates, plenty of things unopened, plenty with tags still intact, is going to when my time is up. My kids don’t want any of it and I’m feeling a little embarrassed at this total lack of respect for money, which obversely I suffered from. I’m far more cautious now and only go to a mall for the necessities. Slowly I am ridding myself of this stuff by donating it to various charities. Hopefully by the time I die people will think I was a minimalist.

  6. ifatimafaye June 24, 2018 / 8:06 am

    This is one lesson I’ve learning a lot lately. Thanks for putting out the word!

    • Sal's Blog June 24, 2018 / 8:17 am

      Glad to hear from a fellow materialist… 😄

  7. Sarah Al-Haddad July 8, 2018 / 12:59 pm

    I have other reasons to be materialistic: things don’t hurt me half as much as people do

  8. V.J. Knutson September 9, 2018 / 9:41 am

    My husband does the same thing – drives me crazy. We currently have 8 salad dressings in our fridge, and considering we have salad maybe once, or twice a week, I suspect these will go out with the trash. Is it a product of distraction?

    • Sal's Blog September 9, 2018 / 9:10 pm

      Glad to see I’m not alone. 😄

  9. AfterHollywood.Online September 22, 2018 / 3:28 pm

    Reblogged this on AfterHollywood and commented:
    Check out this magnificent blog posting. May it bring a smile to your face the way it did to mine.

    • Sal's Blog September 24, 2018 / 7:18 am

      Thanks for the reblog. 😀

  10. We do not need almost any things which are advertised as good deals, fantastic value, unbelievably reasonably priced stuff, and the worst part is getting 2 or 3 of something for price of 1 or 50% of the second and so on. When I see such offers I usually think that they can sell these items cheaper because they basically have no value at all since they are all made in 1 place and with one goal in mind which isn’t the customer or client using, consuming or wearing this product.

  11. Beautiful Badlands ND November 23, 2018 / 10:49 am

    Shared this on FB. Very good.

    • Sal's Blog November 23, 2018 / 10:56 am

      Thanks for the share! Happy holidays

  12. brentlibrariesblog November 27, 2018 / 7:44 am

    This is actually a fault I can feel smug about, it is one of the few human failings I actually don’t have. I hate shopping! It is like my least favourite thing (the exceptions being food, drink, books and video games). I only buy something when I really need it, usually on account of my old one breaking or wearing out (and I hate shopping so much that I will try to mend things or wear them until they are rags before getting to the ‘desperate’ stage of considering a replacement). When I do take the plunge my husband usually has to come with me or he knows I will give up if I don’t find exactly what I need in the first 2 minutes and decide I can do without whatever it is after all.


    • Sal's Blog November 27, 2018 / 8:05 am

      You are the right kind of materialist …

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