Why Learn to Live Better on Less

B0000651We can continually consume resources.  We can continually accumulate material possessions (and debt).  But what do we have? . . . . an epidemic of over-consumption, pollution and waste.  This has been defined as a condition where we are confused about what it takes to feel good and live a worthwhile life.

We often define ourselves by external acquisitions and activities we think will create internal states of contentment, happiness and self-esteem. We are often driven by the need to gain external recognition and approval, competing with and measuring ourselves against others.  But rather than create the contentment, self-esteem and happiness we hope for, these cultural patterns cultivate stress and dysfunction.

It is time to wake up to the uncomfortableness of who we have become.

So many of us keep ourselves busy and keep driving ourselves in order to avoid our deepest feelings and needs.  We become afraid to feel how we actually feel about ourselves and our lives, because then we may have to leave the all-consuming treadmill of our lives and take responsibility for creating something more personally authentic and meaningful.  After years of being told who we are and who we should be, it seems easier to keep consuming (money, time, resources, . . .) to fill the void where our true selves   were when we were small children.

Is advertising helping to brainwash our thinking?

We are continually being bombarded by advertising telling us what to buy, where to buy it and how wonderful we’ll look or feel when we have it, or use it.  Advertising encourages us to look outside ourselves and our homes to find what fulfills us and gives our lives meaning. It teaches us that money, purchasing and consuming will make everything better or ‘right’. It never teaches us to look in or to ourselves.  The concept that happiness, health and security comes from material possessions, and the ability to continually consume, is a myth, encouraged by advertising.

Starting to Learn to Live Better on Less

The key words here are Better on Less.  We don’t see this advertised because there is no money to be made from ‘Less’. But there is more life to be gained from ‘Less’ for anyone choosing to live this way. More quality time; more self esteem; more choices doing what we want, how we want; more personal power. . . . .

The important thing is to start. Where or how we start is not so important. Life is just better, less stressful and more enjoyable when we focus on living simply, being with people we love and leaving behind (as much as possible) the externally imposed expectations of the commercial world.  The commercial world needs us for its survival, but we can survive and thrive very well without it.  We need to get honest and real, looking to ourselves for what fulfills us and gives our lives true value and meaning.

‘Spend Less and Start Enjoying Life More’.

Get off the Consumer Treadmill. Stop! Take a first step towards a simpler, more natural and sustainable life.

The beauty of ‘Learning to Live Better on Less’ is that you just don’t need lots of stuff.

Spending wisely rather than impulsively, saves money and the less we spend the more we have. No matter how much we earn, if more is being spent than earned, we are becoming more and more shackled in a prison of our own making.  It is often easier to spend less money than to keep earning more.

I am Happier Living Better on Less, than having everything I thought I wanted and still wanting more. . . .

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5 thoughts on “Why Learn to Live Better on Less

  1. Truly inspiring writing! This is something that I feel is important to me and my family. Thank you for sharing this with us.

  2. it was hard when our children were younger since we did not purchase the things others had…lol..well, now that they are older ( in college ,and starting families) , they are seeing what we did was not such a dumb idea…:-)…they don’t have debt and as we do not…if we could not afford it we lived without it..now we are at that “season in our life” where we need s to “declutter” since we have accumulated quite a lot with our family over the years……and my husband never throws anything away-lol..I am the one that gives it to someone that needs it…..I never watch commercial tv..I confess we have netflix to watch masterpiece theatre…but that is something we enjoy….I can’t stand to go shoppping either…as you stay away..it becomes easier….your posts inspire me and make me feel like I am not crazy when I prefer to stay away from what the media says we need!

    • No you are not crazy, you are one of the lucky people not hooked into consumerism for consumerism’s sake. If we stop, look and listen, life shows us how little we actually need for a happy, healthy and meaningful life, not how much we need. We can’t have continual spending and debt, and freedom. Then we are slaves to and for money. Less really is more – more freedom, more life, more choices . . . I like my life to be my own.

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  4. As someone who used to work in retail, I now find myself actually not shopping that much unless I really need it. I would rather be at home spending my time beading, or reading, keeping up with our home and gardens ( both vegetable, flower beds and herb garden) weather permitting than to go to town and spend all day running around buying things. Life is soo much better now that I have gotten off the fast track as I only work when I want.. I am fond of saying that I left the rat race when we move out of Baltimore to WV.

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