It never ceases to amaze me how much stuff is in a typical store. We have been deceived into thinking that having more choices is always better. Guess what? Not true! Even selecting an ordinary item like toothpaste can be quite involved. You use up time, physical energy, and mental energy making decisions about brand, size, flavor, ingredients, packaging, production location, price, and coupons.
Then consider how much stuff is in a typical home—at all income levels. We surround ourselves with more than we use, like, or need. It seems to give us an artificial sense of security. We are “prepared” for “just in case.” But the reality is that all this stuff slowly drains our energy because it all comes with a hidden price tag. It becomes a burden. Before we know it, we become quite overwhelmed and discontent.
If you want to be extremely countercultural, try saying this every day—“I have enough!”
I have enough shoes.
I have enough sweaters.
I have enough scarves.
I have enough jeans.
I have enough jewelry.
I have enough craft supplies.
I have enough decorative items.
I have enough dishes.
I have enough appliances.
I have enough furniture.
The more you adopt this perspective, the more likely you are to eventually say—“I actually have more than enough!” And that is when you open the door to the reality that you can enjoy having less. Somehow we have to get off the crazy merry-go-round of just accumulating more and more stuff.
It is really a gift you can give to yourself every single day! No wrapping paper or bows are necessary! And the beauty is that you can right where you are. No experience necessary. Just learn as you go.
I guarantee that it will make you smile every day.
What simple thing has made you smile today?
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