If you have ever been to the garbage dump, you will know that it is a stinky, messy place that isn’t very pleasant. I’ve had the pleasure (not) of going many times after doing a major cleanup for a client that has been hoarding stuff for years. It’s definitely not one of my favourite places to visit, but sometimes it is necessary.
So why would I suggest that you take a trip to the garbage dump? Well you don’t really have to physically go there, just look up some pictures and contemplate what you are looking at. Really concentrate on the piles of garbage in front of you. They came from people’s houses. Many of the things in these piles were once prized possessions or special memories. They included:
- Furniture to sit on
- Knickknacks to look at
- Toys to play with
- Tools to work with
- Clothing to wear
- Books and magazines to read
- Appliances, electronics and numerous other things that we just couldn’t do without
We spend a lot of our time building up possessions that someday will end up rotting in the ground. The sad thing is that many people prize their possessions more than the people around them. Focusing on accumulating stuff often creates problems in relationships, financial struggles and having future regrets. The more we have, the more we want and we are never happy.
Think about what is important in your life. Do you really want to spend your hard-earned money on unimportant stuff that will eventually disappear? Invest your time in building good relationships and save some money for your future. If you really need to spend some money, donate to a worthy cause so it will be invested in someone’s future!