“There is no greater sin than desire, No greater curse than discontent, No greater misfortune than wanting something for oneself. Therefore he who knows that enough is enough will always have enough.” – Lao Tzu
Is it possible that the traditional American value of consuming, amassing possessions, and constantly trying to one-up yourself with bigger and better things might not be making you as happy as you think?
There are many ways that having too much is hazardous to a healthy way of life. The more you own, the more time and mental energy you spend keeping track of it, and the more you worry about breaking or losing what you worked so hard to get. A cluttered environment causes stress, conscious or not, every time you come home and look at it. And the more stuff you need to maintain your lifestyle, the harder and longer you need to work to pay for it. The cycle is endless. You think once you have something, “then I’ll be happy”- but once you have it you just want something else. It’s best not to get caught up in the whole thing.
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