Let Go of the Things that Do Not Matter

“We live in an age when unnecessary things are our only necessities.”

— Oscar Wilde

I’m not one for New Year resolutions.  However, it is a time of reflection and I’m glad for the progress I have made in decluttering my life and prioritizing what truly matters over the past few years.  Maybe 2016 is the year for another person out there to step away from the frenzy of mindless consumption.  More junk around house doesn’t make anyone more happy.  And it is certainly not your duty to spend your hard-earned capital only to increase corporate profit.

Alternatively, I don’t advocate volunteer poverty as such.  It is wonderful to have nice things; decent clothing, well-made furniture, good food, and a cozy house.  Just remember, unless you were born into wealth you did not earn yourself, the objects you buy don’t really cost money, they cost your time, freedom, and ultimately, your life.

My constant resolution is to become better, do better things, and be a better person than I was last year.

Happy New Year to all.

What are you resolved to do this year?

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About George Crawford

archaeologist, archer, primitive technologist, and wannabee musician ... mostly
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3 Responses to Let Go of the Things that Do Not Matter

  1. Beautiful words, I agree with you ! Again happy new year!

  2. Greg Merritt says:

    Happy New Year!
    I thought I was the only one who calculated cost based upon how long I will have to work to pay for it. 😉

  3. Happy New Year…
    So nice to read these words and know I am not alone when looking at how much “life force” I have to sacrifice to buy something…

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