“Do not spoil what you have by desiring what you have not; but remember that what you now have was once among the things only hoped for.”
Have you ever thought that desire for what you don’t have can spoil what you do have? If your mind thinks about what you don’t have, can you really appreciate all that you do have?
Sorry retailers, but the holiday season has me reflecting on wants and needs, and how much is too much.
If your basic needs are met and you have friends and family, what more do you need? A Zhu Zhu pet hamster? An iPhone? New boots? Will these things bring you sustained happiness?
So far the holiday shopping season has been disappointing for retailers. C. Britt Beemer, chairman of America’s Research Group, recently said: “shoppers are more frugal and cost-conscious because they have less money to spend.”
Less money, yes. But maybe, shoppers have also realized that they don’t need to buy so much.
How about you? Have you cut back on holiday gift $hopping because you have less money, or for some other reason?
Me? I’ve been working long hours and have money to spend. In fact I felt the urge to reward myself, but I’m ignoring the urge to splurge. I plan to recharge, have fun, and savor time spent with family and friends.
p.s. The Epicurus quote is courtesy of Gretchen’s excellent Happiness Project blog.