‘Need’ And ‘Purpose’

“Too many people spend money they haven’t earned, to buy things they don’t want, to impress people they don’t like.” ~ Will Rogers …

Today’s society loves to bombard us with the notion that we can somehow buy our own happiness. Advertisement and marketing companies are remarkably adept at inventing new ways to convince us that we need things that we really do not–things that we would never have even wanted had we not saw or heard the ad.

But how we spend our money, and what we choose to buy, is our decision… and it is an important one. That is why it is essential for us to develop a sense of clarity–to understand what things we truly need, and what things we simply want but would require us to live beyond our means. After all, impressing others has nothing to do with living out our authentic purpose in life–we are here to grow, to develop, to love, and to share our lives with those around us.

In my experience, most people who spend more than they have earned become extremely stressed-out and depressed. The consequences of not being able to pay bills are serious, as are the consequences of spending everything you earn each month to pay bills. They drag us into a perpetual cycle of misery that tends to diminish the happiness and joy available to us in life. Yet seldom do these individuals ever take the time to consider that perhaps most of their worries and troubles were created by their own poor choices.

Before you spend your money, take a moment to ask yourself the following: “How will this affect my budget?,” and “Is this something that I really need right now?” The answers to these questions should provide some helpful insight that can help you to make wise decisions that will keep your life free from unnecessary financial stress and worries.

Ensure that there is a need and purpose for the things you buy.

Questions to consider:

What are some of the most important things you consider when deciding whether to make a major purchase? What about a minor one?

How can you learn to deal with the effects of marketing and advertising in ways that allow you to remain in control of your happiness in life?

Do you feel that the influence of marketers and advertisers has grown stronger over the years? Why might this be?

For further thought:

“Don’t tell me where your priorities are. Show me where you spend your money and I’ll tell you what they are.” ~ James W. Frick

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