Dear Next Generation,
Welcome back. Thanks for allowing me to give back a small part of my life. Your generation is on the path to becoming the greatest yet. I’m so glad to be able to assist in that. Thank You.
Today the discussion is about the world of things. How to place value on things, how to decide if a thing deserves your respect and how not to become materialistic.
There are countless items that either are currently in your possession or will be in the future. If you will allow me, I’d like to offer a suggestion. I have noticed some behaviors that cause one to be a slave to things, or just stuff. This can be a stumbling block to your success. I’ll try to be as clear as I can, but just leave a comment if I can provide more clarity.
We should start with a small things first and build from there.
Just for an example, let’s use a pen or even a pencil and say you need to use this every day. Now this item is truly inexpensive individually, but in numbers can be expensive.
Does this pen deserve your respect? Consider two scenarios with this pen. The first being no. So you use it once, promptly misplace it and give it no thought (no respect) until the next time you need one. Remember that you use this every day so the next time it’s needed will come soon. And it’s need does come again forcing another purchase. Now repeat this scenario of no respect for one year. Choose a price for one pen and multiply that by 365. Add in the hassle of finding a place to buy another or the even bigger hassle of not having one when you need it.
That figure isn’t large but nonetheless , it’s no longer in your pocket. The alternative? Keeping that pen for as long as possible which also keeps that figure from above, in your pocket.
That’s not very challenging example. So let’s try this;
You allow yourself to make an expensive purchase. It required a little gut wrenching but you went through with it. Now you can touch it and actually use it for the reason you pulled your pockets inside out. It makes you happy.
But that feeling can fade quickly, especially when so many other things seek your attention. In the beginning, you were careful with that tough to swallow purchase. Careful not to damage it. But too soon later, it no longer felt the love.
Before long, it’s broken and doesn’t make you happy anymore. Unfortunately, you may forget how painful that purchase was, and give it a new home in the trash bin. There’s one less thing you have.
What if that last thing was a gift? You didn’t go through that pain to get it so the respect for it may have been even shorter lived with the same ending.
Have you ever known someone that seemed to have a lot of things? Have you ever wondered how they got and keep these things? Watch how they treat those things for your answer. Also watch how people who have little, treat their property. I think you will see your answer.
Now we come to a divide. What is materialistic?
My definition of a materialistic person is one who wants and has things for the sake of having them. Other definitions are similar and a bit more personal.
You may be a little confused at this point. I’m advocating showing some love to material things, and I am. Isn’t that materialistic?
I suggest that if you choose to have something, never buy it again. By not respecting something, it cannot survive. Ultimately, you will feel the need again to have something like it. The next purchase brings the cost to double. And so on.
A materialistic person will buy a thing and at some time, buy another just like it. The only reason being is to have more. That’s being a slave to stuff.
Yes, there are collectors who might do this but they have an emotional attachment that forms a fine line between materialistic and not. Some cross it and become hoarders.
The main purpose of walking a tightrope between being materialistic and respecting things is financial. I want you to have all that you need and in the end, what you want.
If you don’t strain your resources through rebuying things, your desires can be satisfied.
The way the rich do it is to purchase the very best available. These things last, and they do take care of them, which means a single purchase, not multiple because it was a piece of crap.
We can’t afford to buy the best, or can we? If you add up all the crap purchases, they equal the best cost.
When you want to buy something you are willing to give your love to, save for a one time purchase of the best of its kind. Once you have that thing, the time acquiring it creates more love for it from you. It might just become something you can pass down to your next generation.
This is something I have observed and try to duplicate. It has taken a lifetime for your foolish host to learn. I hope this post can give you a leg up should you choose the lesson inside.
Don’t take my word for it. Also don’t run out and change the way you look at things. Just think on this. Formulate your own opinion. Decide what works for you. I have confidence you will make the right choices. You are after all, the greatest generation about to be.
Thanks for spending some time with your biggest fan.
Until next time; Do try new things safely for the betterment of you and your generation.