July 5, 2007

Life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness...

An interesting thing happened in America after World War II. Women stayed in the workforce. Closets in houses grew in size and number. Garages became standard and then we needed two or three bays. One television wasn’t enough. Divorce skyrocketed. Each kid got his or her own room. Entertainment centers replaced bookshelves. Kitchens got bigger and families cooked less. Five years made a car “old.” The formal living room was replaced with the home office.

What “stuff” would you really miss, if you got rid of it?
Would you miss your car payment?
Would you miss what’s playing on the other 295 channels of satellite TV?
Would you miss half the clothes in your closet?
Would you miss the extra bedroom?
Would you miss your stressed-out wife’s demanding career?

What would you do with the extra money you would save if you simplified your life?
Where would you go? What would you do?
Would you travel more… collecting photographs, memories, and stories?
Would you invest it in your future?

Would you miss the Joneses?

Most women mistake the accumulation of possessions for financial success. Many men allow their families to be enslaved in financial bondage because they "need" the bigger house, the shiny car, and the new furniture.

Very few men are strong enough to keep it simple once they get married. It's a lot easier to maintain a simple life than it is to cut back once you've tasted the possessions.

Look back at the photo above. The best things in life are simple.


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