“Some people who have nothing are happy. Some people who have everything are unhappy. True wealth is our perspective and the condition of our mind.”
I was trying to declutter this weekend and clean out some of the storage in our basement. It amazed me that we had accumulated so many things that could so easily be tossed out or given away without even a single second of hesitation. If these items hold no personal significance or value and they serve no purpose then what was the point of having these things to begin with?
I often find myself making mental “wish-lists” of items I want whether they are clothes, dining and cookware, or decor for the house. Especially as I read other blogs and see so many cute styles and home decor I feel like I need to “keep up”. But then I try to remind myself that these things aren’t what make a person. No matter how many cute tops I own, the variety of dinnerware I have, or the decor that I have in my home my overall long-term happiness will not change.
Why do we as a society place so much value on things? I really struggle with this as a blogger myself because I feel like in order to be relevant I need to have the latest and greatest, but I also don’t want to accumulate meaningless items that I really don’t need.
This feeling comes in waves and there are times where I really focus on what I need rather than what I want and try to remain practical. But then there are times where I lose control a little and make purchases that are a little more impractical and “just for fun”. That is absolutely okay to do at times, but I don’t want my entire life to be consumed by meaningless items trying to find happiness in them.
Do not let your happiness and self worth be defined by the things you own (or don’t own). Things will not make us happy, the way we live our daily lives and value each moment is where we will find our happiness!