I believe that less “stuff” (clutter, gadgets, etc.) equates to greater life satisfaction – even when the new “thing” is the recently announced Kindle Fire.
Even though my fingers wanted to click “Pre-Order Add to Cart” to reserve this colorful touch-screen movie-watching, music playing, e-reading device made for those of us who cannot afford an iPad, my good sense prevailed. In our world, marketing geniuses are trained to target our weaknesses (mine, a cool gadget for a low price) and push our impulse buy buttons. Then, predictably, there is a newer, shinier version of the “whatever” that makes us want to repeat. This is how we end up with more…more stuff and more debt.
This isn’t a post about the acquisition of “stuff” or even the new Kindle Fire, because honestly, my research on the gadget didn’t go beyond, “oooh, colorful…shiny….pretty…” Besides, I finally gave in and bought a regular Kindle a month-and-a-half ago. I’ve loved the Kindle thus far, so I’m resisting the urge to toss it aside for the latest and greatest (which will be bested in a few months, no doubt.) Remembering that the credit card bill will eventually arrive gave me the will power I needed. I closed my browser and backed away from the computer, shaking the remnants of the NST (Newest Shiny Thing) trance out of my head.
Like tangible things, I need less worry, fewer commitments, less clutter, fewer emails trying to sell me stuff, less junk food, less preoccupation with things I cannot change, and less time spent idling in traffic during my workday commute.
I need more time with friends, family and God, more self-reflection, more gratitude, more appreciation for the moments that will be forgotten years from now, more patience, and more sleep. Lots more sleep.
Over the last two weeks, I’ve averaged about five hours of sleep a night. It’s taking a toll.
What was I writing about?
Oh, yes. I need more sleep. When I sit down for five minutes and want to nod off, that’s a clear sign that my nights need to be longer. I have to accept that there simply aren’t enough hours in the day to do everything I need/want to do. I’m going to do the things I can, and the rest will wait for tomorrow.
Or the next day….
And so on.
What do you need more of? What about less of? Do you have trouble fitting everything into your day? Are you hooked by the latest technology, or do you hang a few years back?