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The post “Cultivating kind actions — WISDOM — #4 – Our contentment is being satisfied with less than we once possessed.”

We live in a world that is filled with people trying to sell us something. They use all of the techniques that their guile and a thousand years of selling experience has provided to them. We are born into this world as innocent babies and learn to trust our caregivers but at some age, we discover we have spent all of our money, and yet the providers are willing to sell us more stuff on the promise that we will pay it back. Perhaps we buy a new car on credit but at some point don’t make the expected payments and unless we do they will take it away. If that happens your credit score goes down and your future credit payments for everything go up. Then your flexibility on what job you accept goes to whatever you can get, and you work for more hours and lower wages. Everything gets worse if you don’t make your payments. More than eighty percent of Americans are now in that situation. To keep their house they must pay the rent or leave, pay the mortgage or forfeit their house, pay for their kids’ upkeep and schooling or lose them, take care of their family obligations or move onto the street.

The simple solution is to intentionally spend less than you have and never borrow money. Instead of maximizing your pleasure, buy and own the home where you can pay off the loan as close to instantly as possible, upgrade it and use the increased value to pay for a better house. Get out of every debt as quickly as possible. That’s the talk of a depression-era baby.

Here is an attitude of mind that will help you through that apparently depressing time. Think about something you once owned a few years ago, but no longer have and how you adapted to not having it. Possibly you are better off no longer having it.

My first car was a 1941 Chevy Coupe. It was a beautiful car that looked even better than this restored one in the video, and mine ran perfectly. I liked it, and it was all mine at age seventeen. I earned the money to buy it in one summer of working on a farm. I have some fond memories that took place in that car, but now it’s gone, long gone. I have no choice but to be content with not having it. I don’t envy the guy driving that old Chevy in the video. My not nearly so old Subaru Outback is more serviceable for my current needs.

My contentment is enjoying what I now have and accepting fond memories of what I once possessed but no longer need.