7 Oct

Today’s topic:

What do you want more of?

(Seriously…  Think of a few things.  I’ll wait…)

Do you want more experiences, or more objects?  When you were small, adults probably asked what you wanted to BE, or what you wanted to DO when you grew up.  Now that you are grown, do you still think about what you want to BE or DO in life?  Or do you think about what you want to buy?

Generally speaking, the first step to a simpler, more fulfilling life is to avoid unneeded possessions.  When we own more than we can realistically use, our belongings can get in our way, and prevent us from living the life we truly wish to live.

It helps if we consider the true value of whatever things we own, or are thinking of buying.  Do they serve a function?  Will they give us lasting joy?   Compare that value with the amount of time, income, and living space these possessions can steal from our lives.

What do you want more of?


Do you want more relaxation?


I’ve been reflecting on why we sometimes buy things we don’t need.  Reading a magazine recently, I noticed that advertisements often don’t describe the product, they describe the way we want to feel.

Discover, Celebrate, Transform, Engage, Create, Capture, Awaken, Dare, Choose, Empowered, Inspired…

These words were taken from a series of magazine advertisements for everything from yogurt to perfume.  I’ll bet you didn’t know a cup of yogurt could do all that, did you?  It can’t.  It’s got calcium and protein, sure…but it’s not going to awaken your soul.

If you want those kinds of feelings, it’s no use looking for them on store shelves.

Buying things you don’t need–or keeping all those things you already own but don’t really like–will not bring you any closer to the life you want.  These behaviors will only fill your house, and empty your wallet.

Think about the life you want.


Do you want more travel opportunities?


Think of the kind of work that always holds your attention, the activities you enjoy, and the people you love.  Now, visualize a way they can all come together in your life.  Move yourself in that direction.

Remember:  Happiness has no price tag, and it doesn’t take up any space in your garage.

6 Responses to “More”

  1. Judson November 16, 2010 at 11:13 am #

    I want to do something I love and still make a living.

    — Judson

  2. Tim November 19, 2010 at 7:11 am #

    I used to think life was about the stuff you could afford to buy. Now I realise it’s about the things you do and ultimately how doing those things makes you ‘feel.

    You’re right on with this post and I agree with you and Judson, I want to make my living doing something I love.

  3. Emily January 22, 2011 at 2:57 pm #

    indeed…you are right. But there some objects which you should NOT throw away…no matter how much you use them.
    Things that hold memories, of good times and bad, can also ultimately trigger your emotions. Some materials are like that, if they have sentimental value, and cherish them forever.

    • acleansurface January 22, 2011 at 3:04 pm #

      Agreed, Emily. If it gives you joy, keep it. However, it is possible to preserve memories and space at the same time. As an example, you can photograph something and frame the photo, but let go of the item. (Check your email, I sent you a message.)

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