The Poison of Wanting More… and the Antidote
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Are you like me?  For most of my life, “the more – the better” has been my mantra.  A larger helping is preferable to a smaller portion. Participating in several activities is superior to involvement in a few. The bigger and the more numerous the “trophies”,  the greater the success.   The busier, the better!   To seek less than “more” would be to compromise  ambition and begin the quick slide into mediocrity.

Though I worked harder and accumulated and achieved more, I never seemed to be getting any closer to the moving target of the “good life”.   I was busy, tired, out of shape and frustrated that even the work I loved did not generate a  sense of well-being. Does this sound familiar?

Could it be that you and I have been off track?  Is it possible that in spite of  an abundance of resources and opportunities, we will always feel like we have come up short?  Are we sacrificing our health,  family time and relationships for more stuff and increasing second-rate busyness?

The Antidote

The good news is that we have all we need to dramatically improve our lives.  It is not a matter of making more money in order to obtain more stuff.  Rather,  it is a matter of making or increasing the margin between our current resources and our priority expenditures. We need to edit our lives.  Quite simply,  we need to spend less than we make.  We need to schedule down time between events. We need to leave space in our living rooms, garages and closets.  We need to let go of things that are stealing our margin whether such is a shopping habit,  an activity we are doing for the wrong reasons, or a possession we hang on to even though we do not really use or enjoy it.

Dave and I struggle with the margin-creating life-editing process.  However, we are finding that step by baby step, we are learning to remove distractions, low priority expenditures and unused possessions from our lives.  Though it is not easy, we are discovering additional resources for each other, our family, our faith, and our creative and charitable pursuits.   By learning to say “no” to lesser things,  we are growing in our ability to say “yes” to the things which matter most.

[If you enjoyed this article,  please consider reading the High Cost of Not Living and 10 Steps to Getting Rid of Stuff.]



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