“If you have a garden and a library, you have everything you need.” — Marcus Tullius Cicero
It’s easy to always want the things you don’t have, and easy to not want (or not care about) the things you do have.
I’m not sure if it’s the desire for new things, different and novel things, or just trying to fill a need—a hole in our life and/or selves.
Maybe it’s a little bit of both.
Sometimes keeping up with the Joneses is what it is—wanting to stand out, the desire to feel known or important.
But if our Amazon purchases were public I think our buying habits would tell a different story.
I believe a large portion of our purchase a personal problem we are trying to solve or an outcome/character trait we want to see. Whether that’s a book on Python programming, a new lens for our camera, a new pillow, or vitamin b-12 supplements.
There’s a story and desire behind every purchase.
New things imply change. New things can create change. A haircut that makes you feel like a new person, which helps you act on that feeling and begin to become a new person.
There’s a big difference between a product that fulfills a need and one that creates a need.
Anyone who’s finally found the perfect backpack or perfect pair of pants will tell you that.
The question to ask yourself is buying X the right decision? Or put another way, is there a better alternative than to buying our way out of a problem or fulfilling a desire?
Are there better alternatives?
What if I built something instead? What if I found a different way around the problem?
As they say, the journey is often more rewarding than the destination.
STAY BOLD, Keep Pursuing,
— Josh Waggoner | Daily Blog #1213