“You only live once, but if you do it right, once is enough.” — Mae West
You can find more joy in pursuing less than in pursuing more. At heart, this is a message we already know to be true.
However, we have been told different things since we were born. It has been said that possession equals pleasure.
Every ad ever made tries to convince us that buying what is for sale will improve our lives.
And we hear that message over and over again from so many places that we subtly start to believe it. I spent the best years of my life working long hours and making good money so I could go to work.
But when we hear the simple message that having fewer possessions brings us more joy and satisfaction, it resonates in our hearts and resonates in our souls.
We know possession is not the same as pleasure. And we know that our lives are too valuable to waste chasing them.
Sometimes just remembering it helps.
Today, please remember:
our lives are short:
And we only have one shot to live them well. And once it’s used up, you can’t get it back. So make the most of it.
Possessions consume our time and energy. They require constant maintenance for cleaning, maintenance, modification, replacement and removal. They take our precious attention, time, and energy, and too often we don’t realize it until it’s too late.
our lives are unique:
Our looks, personalities, talents, and the people who have influenced our lives are what make us special. As a result, our lives are exactly like everyone else’s.
And just because everyone around us pursues material possessions doesn’t mean we should too.
More than material success, our heart desires importance. Possessions, on the other hand, are temporary. They perish, rot, and decay. And most of them are by design.
There are opportunities in our lives to inspire:
No one changed the world by following in someone else’s footsteps, so let’s make it worth following in their footsteps.
People who change the world live differently and inspire others to do the same. Possessions may momentarily impress, but never truly inspire.
our lives matter:
Our hearts and souls make us worthy. Never sacrifice your important role in this world by settling for possessions that can be purchased with a plastic card.
Our lives are defined by our relationships.
The relationships we nurture, from the closest family members to the strangers we meet every day have a great impact on our lives.
By shifting our focus (and resources) away from physical possessions and investing them in positive relationships, we are able to build a strong foundation for both ourselves and others. can.
our lives deserve better:
Joy, happiness, and fulfillment are found in the invisible things in life: love, hope, peace, and relationships. Also, it is not sold in local department stores. Stop looking there.
Those who live for possessions are never satisfied. They always want something new, faster, bigger. Those who always want more will never find it.
Remind yourself today that your life is too precious to chase and squander material possessions.
And find more joy in choosing to pursue the better instead of pursuing more.