Why are we consumed by the ‘need’ for more and more ‘things’? And with that the ‘need’ to keep spending money on them?
Our homes are already full of things, probably a lot of things we don’t use or don’t need. And yet we find ourselves combing the aisles for more and more things. And our shopping malls are getting bigger and bigger to hold more things that we ‘need’. Things to entice us to buy.
And what about how much we are spending on all these ‘things’? The compulsion to buy, the compulsion to accumulate, where does it come from? Is it a survival instinct?
And then there are those that don’t spend a penny. Surely there is a balance somewhere?
This has been brought home to me lately. My husband and I are renewing our vows next week so there were things we genuinely needed for the celebration. The quantity of things on the internet for sale is astonishing! And of course so many of them are things I ‘needed’! 🙂 So my spending blew out a bit more than I anticipated when we planned this event.
But really, do we need them? Our local shopping centre is always packed, no matter what time of day or day of the week I go there. It used to be Mondays and Tuesdays were quiet, but not now. And with Christmas around the corner, it’s worse, people buying presents that will likely sit in a cupboard unused and unwanted.
Apart from food that we need to survive, we have probably all got enough clothes to wear, enough jewellery, enough shoes, enough of everything we need. So why do we need more things?
I would like to cut back on our spending. I’d like to be totally content with what we already have. And stop being enticed to buy that next thing that promises to make my life easier! Or better. Or more fun.
This is me venting, rambling, sharing my thoughts, on a topic that I have thought about before, but has become more real to me recently. And I want to change it! How committed am I? Let’s wait and see 🙂