Two thought provoking quotes from Will Rodgers:
1. “Too many people spend money they haven’t earned, to buy things they don’t want, to impress people they don’t like.”
2. “Don’t tell me where your priorities are. Show me where you spend your money and I’ll tell you what they are.”
Today is “Black Friday”. How ironic is it that the day after Thanksgiving is “Black Friday”.
Immediately following a day of mindful gratitude for the things we have comes a day of frenzied buying of the things we THINK we need. Recently Black Friday has actually invaded Thanksgiving Day…..Ugh!
These days marketers have an unprecedented ability to intrude into our lives and convince us that we “need” things that in reality we don’t actually need. We face a constant barrage of messages that have been created after intensive research and close examination of consumer behavior so that retailers can more effectively influence buying decisions. Retailers are skilled in the art of getting us to buy things that we didn’t even know we wanted.
Toys. Gadgets. Cars. Vacation destinations. Clothes. Stuff. The list is endless.
Sure buying things is always a personal decision, but it’s very important that we look at our “decision-making” with a sense of clarity in order to be able allocate our money on things that we truly need, and not artificially created desires.
Many people create anxiety and worry for themselves by spending more money than they have earned because they fall pray to the temptation of false needs.
Do you really want and/or need everything that you buy? How much of our buying is done on impulse, or done to impress others? More people should ask themselves important questions before they shop.
Do I really need this?
Can I afford this?
Will I use this?
What about the stuff I already have, is it no longer good enough?
Instead of inviting so much “dis-ease” in our life through false needs, let’s embrace gratitude and the “Spirit of Thanksgiving” as our primary guiding force this holiday season.
Remember to push the pause button.