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one rich little girl

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We live in a world infected by a viral consumerism that threatens our very survival. Here is a powerful antidote.

Less is more. Believe it. More stuff is not the answer.

True joy is not, and can never be, measured in larger bank accounts or the things that money can buy. True joy, comes from loving, giving and serving. True wealth is measured in caring and sharing.

getting enough

Desire Less:

How many of us have bought into the philosophy that the one with the most toys wins? Our entire society operates on the principle that our lives would be so much better, and that we as individuals would be more complete, if we could just get the next best thing.

We have been brainwashed into believing that we must buy more to live. We live to buy rather than buying to live. The issue I have with this lifestyle is that it isn’t Christian, and in a world of poverty and hunger, it is actually immoral.

If our spirituality actually informs our lifestyle we should be striving to live more simply. That’s what Chesterton is saying. Desiring less is the best way to have enough. By living more simply we make it possible for others to simply live.

Our world was created perfectly. There is enough resources to meet our needs, but there will never be enough to meet our greed.

the answer is less stuff

 

I am a fan of this website on living a simple life by Joshua Becker

The older I get the more I realize that happiness doesn’t come from things. The joy we all seek comes from relationships and an inner recognition of how truly blessed we are.

More stuff is not the answer. Contentment comes from our awareness that the more stuff we own the less freedom we actually have. We truly do not need more stuff.

We need more silence, more solitude and a deeper appreciation for all that we already have.

But, that would be un-American, wouldn’t it?

The Tiger in the Smoke

Normally he was the happiest of men. He asked so little of life that its frugal bounty amazed and delighted him….He believed in miracles and frequently observed them, and nothing astonished him. His imagination was as wild as a small boy’s and his faith ultimate. In ordinary life he was, quite frankly, hardly safe out. — Margery Allingham, The Tiger in the Smoke

I must admit that I haven’t yet had the pleasure of reading Margery Allingham’s book, The Tiger in the Smoke. It is, however, on my short list.

Who the “he” is in the short passage above I do not know, but I cannot wait to meet him. We are going to great friends, and I am looking forward to spending many enjoyable hours with him.

We have so much in common that I already feel like I have known him forever. Allingham’s beautifully concise description of him makes me want to invite him over for a beer. Just this brief sketch lets me know the two of us share a worldview that would make for evening of fascinating conversation.

But more than that, this character is someone who could teach me, and teach me  a lot. I am intrigued by his joyous amazement of the simple things. I love his openness and am delighted at his belief in miracles and his ultimate faith. And it sounds like his imagination might even be as big as mine.

This guy knows the secret. And I can already see that the he’s willing to share it.

It’s a good thing I have the bookstore on speed dial.