Be very careful when it comes to prioritizing possessions over experiences. A capitalistic society will often encourage the acquisition of more and more stuff without regard to whether it’s truly needed.
Always remember that the cost of owning more stuff not only involves the purchase price, it also involves the resources to store and maintain it.
When your possessions begin to restrict you from doing things that you could easily do if you didn’t own them, the cost of ownership is your freedom.
We often look at what people own as a marker of how successful they are, but a far more accurate measure is whether a person’s lifestyle provides them with the freedom to do what they truly want to do.
I spent nearly 10 years paying to store things I eventually got rid of. And all the money I spent on storage could’ve paid to re-acquire the things I stored. In the end, I spent a lot of money to learn that if you don’t use it, there’s a good chance you don’t actually need it.
“I’m keeping this because I’m going to do something with it.” is one of the biggest lies we tell ourselves.
If we’re not careful, the things we own often end up owning us.
Take a moment to consider all that stuff you’ve bought over the years because of all the cool features that convinced you to get it (that you never use) or the cool things you would do with it when you got a chance — but never did — maybe now’s a good time.
The results of your actions speak louder than words.
You can read a million motivational sayings to pump yourself up — or echo them to others until you’re blue in the face — but that won’t change anything unless you take action and consistently change your behavior.
Don’t just read it or preach it and expect it to make a difference in your life. Knowing something is not enough. Knowing what you should do is not enough. You have to use what you know and take action.
When one learns to let go of the non-essentials that contribute very little value to their life, they create more space for things of higher value.
And sometimes what one values most from the removal of something from their life is the time & space that’s created by its absence.
Many people surround themselves with things that may, at one time, have been useful, but no longer serve the purpose for which they were acquired. They hold onto this “stuff” with the hope that it may one day once again be useful, but for most things, that day rarely comes. Think of fitness equipment gathering dust. Bottles. Old clothes.
Others remain habitually obligated to ongoing activities or functions that they’d no longer commit their time, energy, or resources to if they were to start over.
In both cases, people’s lives are adversely affected by a commitment to things they no longer value.
As one only has one life to live, it’s important to not waste it caught up in things that no longer matter — or in the acquisition and subsequent storage of items that add little to no value to their life.
Isn’t it time you take inventory of the things you value in your life and to let go of those things that are simply taking up your time or space and no longer serve you?
Use it or lose it.
Dramatic life changes can occur when one makes a conscious & deliberate effort to surround themselves with only those things that they truly value in life instead of being weighed down and exhausted by things that they don’t.