Wanting less will bring you more joy than having too much. ~ Christine Sternfels
Who’s guilty of buying more than what they need because it was on sale? Or buying something to reward yourself because you thought you deserved it. How about convincing yourself you need something because you have to buy $200 worth of stuff so you can put it on your card – interest free for 12 months – because you swear it will be paid off by then? This is the reason why my garage is a storage room. I’m guilty of all of the above, and I’m sure I’m not alone here.
While transitioning to a simpler life, this is one of the things I struggled with most. I wouldn’t say I was addicted to shopping or material things because ultimately, I discovered it was the instant gratification of possessing anything newly acquired that gave me the high. That’s why finding joy in ownership or abundance of things is temporary because the bill comes then you have to start paying for it and eventually, something better comes along then you’re no longer happy with the one you have. It’s a vicious cycle!
To live a simple life… Want less.