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A Matter of Perspective

If you look at what you have in life, you’ll always have more.

If you look at what you don’t have in life, you’ll never have enough. ~ Oprah Winfrey

In a world where we are constantly told that we need to have more—

• things

• friends

• money

—wouldn’t it be nice to view the world as the first sentence of Winfrey’s quote suggests?

We can do this, but many times we want to keep up with the “Jones’” and it causes us a lot of misery.

When we look at all the things we don’t have, we are constantly filled with a desire to have more.

Do we need more?


In fact, many of us need a whole lot less.

Think about all the storage places that have made their appearances over the past few years. A lot of them exist because we have too much stuff!

Our stuff has taken over our lives and our desire to gain more stuff has driven many into debt. Our stuff accumulates to the point that we have to rent a storage unit to keep all of it.

I was listening to a series of Ted Talks a few weeks ago and several of them had to do with stuff and how much happier we could be if we had less stuff.

When I look around my house, sometimes I think, “Hmmm, I need a bigger house so I have more room for my books.”

Then I think, if I would just put the books on my Kindle and my movies on Vudu, then I would free up about six or seven book shelves in my house! I could sell the hard-copy movies and books to make a little money to replace them in their digital formats.

But then I think, “What if there is a zombie apocalypse and there is no electricity to run my Kindle or my Vudu account (let alone my TV!)?”

THEN, I think, would I really have time to read or watch movies if there was a zombie apocalypse?

It spirals out from there, but you get the idea. It boils down to me keeping my stuff!

Is there “stuff” you can eliminate from your life to make it simpler? I think I have “enough” stuff... it is time for some spring cleaning!

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