This Comment Of The Day was by Tom Brechlin on the post Long Term Motivation in an Instant Gratification World
I have found in my old age that we can easily live with far less. “Things” don’t mean much any more. Yeah, we still want a nice home but, a place where family and friends can come and relax but I have to tell ya, I LOL now about how there was a time when “things” meant a lot and I “thought” our things represented who were were/are.
I have comfort that I we will never be homeless and we will always have our loved ones around us. I recently bought a new “used” truck and I love it. What’s great about it is that it’s paid for. We haven’t had a car payment in years. I struggle because I don’t want to discourage people from having nice things but I had a friend that when things got bad and he was losing his house, had to sell his classic car collection, he gave up and killed himself. What’s sad is that we all loved Doug for who he was and not his “things.” He felt he’d let his family down. He was always striving for more,bigger, better.He was an electronics engineer so needless to say his media room was amazing. But it was never enough. Immediate gratification = it wears off and then what?
I lost my shirt in the recession but … oh well. We’re upside down on our properties and the market still sucks. … oh well, we still have a roof over our heads. I’d be happy to simply beak even. My landscape money this year as it has been for the last few years is paid for by my lose change. And I still get compliment about how the lawn and garden looks.
At my age, if I need immediate gratification, all I have to do is look at my wife, my kids and grandkids…
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