Friday, 17 October 2014

Gimme more ........ !

It's easy to get caught up in the acquisition of "things". In this day and age, it would appear that we are indoctrinated to consume goods at a ridiculous rate. We are told that we need that latest bit of tech, the newest issue of interior designs, the fresh off the catwalk clothes. But we don't. We don't need these things at all. We want them. Whether it is to keep up with the neighbours, or just to look good in front of our friends. Needing something and wanting something are two very different creatures!

I once attended a course, where part of it was writing down what we actually need in our lives, and what we want. Try it. Write down those things you have and then look again. Basically, we only need to have running water, warmth, a roof over our heads, clothing (not the designers or expensive brands) and a little extra to get by and buy some groceries and pay the bills. That's it more or less. The rest, well that's just comforts. Things that we want. That is where Materialism comes in. We just have to be careful that is doesn't get us in a strangle hold.


'I want' is a waste of money!:

" 'I wants' never gets!"
That's what my Mum always used to say,
"Use your 'please' and 'thank you's',
'I want' is not the way!"
But the glutton inside is stirring,
demanding more and more,
where once it was sweets and toys,
it's now stuff from the grown up stores.
More clothes, shoes and accessories,
from a shop you can't afford,
more home comforts, technology, gadgets,
leaving feelings of being bored.
We keep up with the Jones's,
not content with what we have,
but who are we really trying to impress?
You may as well flush your money down the Lav!
So, exercise self restraint,
don't give in to that urge,
think of what you really need,
simply resist the desire to splurge!


Short but sweet this week. Thanks for reading. ;-) x
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Adele said...

Re-invent - upcyle or just go without. When I recently changed my mobile - the old one was obsolete. It cost me £23 and until it slid off the sloping tank lid in the Cartford ladies loo - it was the best phone I had ever had.

Great poem Louise.