Yesterday I went to Batteries Plus to get batteries for our garage door remote and bathroom scale. The sales rep was already assisting someone, so I attempted to find what we needed on my own. The store is small, so it’s easy to overhear conversations.
The woman being helped needed a light bulb. I didn’t get the full context of the conversation because I walked in midway through it. However, the sales rep was clearly confusing the customer with all her options for a light bulb.
The woman could choose different watts, tones, colors, energy efficiencies and prices. As the sales rep detailed the uniqueness of each option, I laughed.
It reminded me of when I went to Target to buy shampoo and conditioner. There are those shampoos and conditioners for all of us. There are shampoos and conditioners for woman. There are shampoos and conditioners for men.
The variety and options for men alone are astounding. There are products for dry hair, greasy hair, colored hair, dandruff. There are different scents and prices. Some are organic. Others are full of toxins (apparently). There’s travel size, standard and economy. I got frustrated and took a break, finished the rest of my shopping and returned later to make my decision.
These experiences made me think about abundance and contentment.
Lack in Abundance
America is the “richest” nation in the world with 20% of children under the age of six concerned about how they’ll get their next meal. We’re over $19.5 trillion in debt to ourselves and other nations, putting each American in over $61,000 of debt not including their personal debt.
We have more options for everything than we’ve ever had in history. We even have designer toilet bowl brushes.
Clearly we have abundance, but are we content?
1. Do I have enough?
We moved into our condo almost twelve years ago. We did some basic remodeling, including kitchen, floors, lots of painting and designing. Our place is livable and nice. We enjoy it.
We haven’t tackled the bathrooms, though. Our guest bathroom is fine, though dated. Our personal bathroom leaves a lot to be desired but works. When we remodel it, it’ll require a lot of work as we’re moving walls. This is why we haven’t tackled it.
Most anything we think we “need” to replace or buy we don’t. If we accept that we have enough, we’ll be content.
2. Do I need more of what we already have?
I think this about food a lot. We often find ourselves overeating. We’ll be watching a football game at home or a friend’s house. There’s usually a bar beer and a buffet of snacks. We often find ourselves eating even when we’re full.
I think this about Wall Street executives who get hauled off to jail. They’re already millionaires and billionaires, yet they didn’t enough.
We don’t usually need more of what we already have.
Buying the right size home, the right size car, the right amount of food and not wasting money and energy on what we don’t need will save us money, especially if we’re subsidizing that spending with debt.
3. Do I need what they have?
Just because some glitzy, fabulous someone has something doesn’t mean we need it. Our neighbor’s new purchase doesn’t need to be ours.
If we don’t let external influences affect our impulses, we’ll stop buying too much. We’ll start having enough. We’ll start feeling we are enough.
4. Am I thankful for what I have?
Oprah Winfrey said, “Be thankful for what you have; you’ll end up having more. If you concentrate on what you don’t have, you will never have enough.” This is the Law of Attraction.
If we adopt thankfulness, we’ll be satisfied. We’ll have more than we need and more than we dreamed.
Consider how you can change your thinking so abundance doesn’t make you unhappy.
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