Today’s topic: Rule of Life: How to keep money – Don’t spend it!
Everything is on the road to junk! Every single thing.
Everything you own, every single thing, is on it’s way to the garbage dump. Some things are going there quicker than others. I have kids, and people for some reason think kids need cheap sh!#. So many events we go to give my kids little bags of items that are only about 30 minutes from the trash can. (It’s great, even my kids are catching on and throwing it away themselves!) Your cast iron pan, your wedding ring, hopefully both are many, many years from the dump.
Why am I telling you this? I simply want you to think. Then next time you are purchasing something I want you to imagine a day in the future. Let me explain. Let’s use a theoretical example of a St. Louis Arch picture book, remember, this is theoretical. The day you are imagining is the day that your item is sitting on the garbage heap pictured above. There it sits, soggy now, some coffee grounds on it, and you are pretty sure it was touching that dirty diaper off to the right. You hear the beeping of the next dump truck backing up to bury it. This is your last glimpse at your item (St. Louis Arch picture book). For you, this item had a beginning and now, you are witnessing the end. You used it for a period of time.
So, was it worth it? Was the cost worth the value you received? You traded:
- A portion of your life to earn the money
- A portion of the environment
- A portion of your future wealth (more on this next time)
to use this item. Then you stored and maintained that item, did it make your life better*? Did it make your life better than watching a kick a$$ sunset would have? (Hat’s off to my eldest, who made us all stop to watch the sunset last night). Yes, it may have sucked you in with a crazy picture of some guy on top of the Arch cleaning it with no harness! It may have appealed to your love of history, all theoretically again. But did it make your life better? Did it make your life better than (you really have to fill this in with what brings you joy):
- A day at the beach
- A campfire with friends
- Snuggling with your kids
Curse you Arch cleaning guy! It did not. Theoretically of course.
So remember: Everything is on the road to junk. Even you. Make sure you enjoy the journey, and stop buying so much junk.
*Note: To evaluate this, you have to have a definition of ‘better’ for your life. I think we often complicate this and cloud it all up. Ok, at least I do. But, sit for a minute and think of the times you experienced pure joy in your life. Follow those thoughts, I think it’s easier to define what makes life ‘better’ than I often make it.