For years I’ve lived with a maxim that brings a smile to my face every time I repeat it to myself. Which is approximately 38 times a day. I’ve kept it in long enough, however, and today I release it to the masses.
It’s called “Anyone can buy that”, and you remind yourself of it anytime you come across the following situations:
- When you roll up behind a Land Rover/Benz/Bimmer
- When you walk past a mansion/mcmansion/megamansion
- When your colleague rocks anything Coach.
- When you’re actually sitting in coach staring at first!
- When your friends are glued to their 82″ plasmas
- When you overhear how awesome that $100 bottle of wine tasted
When you see someone spending less than they earn
It doesn’t matter if they can afford it or not, or if they paid with cash or credit – the takeaway is still the same: anyone can buy that.
Anyone can save too, but unfortunately that’s harder to see on any given day.
So anytime you catch yourself being jealous or salivating over someone else’s awesome things – which, let’s face it, there’s a lot in life that IS! – just remind yourself that you can purchase whatever you want too. You’ll probably have to take on some debt or freeze a handful of your goals in return, but you’re free to pull the trigger any damn time you please. And that’s quite the liberating feeling.
But remember, every time you don’t, you get that much closer to freedom. Freedom from stuff, freedom from your job, and freedom to do whatever the hell you want with your life.
Things are nice, but power is better. And that’s something that no one can buy.
[Fancypants pic by realburiedtreasure]
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