Minyan Man wrote: ↑
18 Oct 2018, 07:23
SD, you always post interesting topics. Many will leave me scratching my head for a number of days. This is one of them. This is my "come away" or conclusion from your post. Please tell me if I'm wrong. "After accumulating luxury items (or stuff), the process has run it's course, I'm done & I've
learned a lesson. The lesson is: it didn't bring me happiness & it cluttered my home." Please correct me if I'm wrong.
Thanks, I will take it as a complement (the head scratching part).
You basically have it. I would modify it this way:
"After accumulating luxury items (or stuff), the process has run it's course, I'm done & I've
learned a lesson. The lesson is: the "getting" of luxuries brought me temporary happiness in the getting, but now I'm sick of the items I don't use, and it cluttered my home."
I have to confess, I still get urges now and then, but all I have to do is think about the clutter, what it will take to deal with all the stuff if I move, and more. And then I stop wanting them.
Also, I'm a frugle bugle, so my luxuries are another man's chump change. Our cars are 15-20 years old, I dress cheaply, but appropriate for my work, and we take cheap vacations, if we take them at all.
There is a method of behavior modification in psychology called "the fatigue method". This where if you have a bad habit, you lessen or remove it by overdoing it. For example, if hooked on cigarettes, smoke them continuously until the point you are sick, and you never want to do it again.
I think that is part of what I'm talking about here. I had a guy on my mission who was on discipline with the church. We were talking about a new hobby sport in which he seemed to have expressed an interest. I suggested he get into it. He said 'No, I've indulged in enough vices in my life it's time to simplify -- I'm tired of my vices". I don't know what "vices' he was talking about, but he'd indulged to the point he was over it. The hassle of possessions seems to overwhelm the temporary happiness of getting...
That's kind of my point.