I was listening to the radio on my way home from work and a reporter was interviewing an IKEA executive who was discussing how we – as a society – have reached “peak stuff“. Meaning, we all have more than we need.
I found it funny that an executive at one of the largest retail companies in the world (who regularly fills our lives with “stuff”) would be citing such a fact. Perhaps it was another covert PR move on their part – but it got me thinking.
It could be me getting older – but I really don’t want more stuff (crap). I feel like I reached “peak stuff” years ago. And, I assume – if you are reading this – you’re more concerned with thriftiness than spending more money on stuff you don’t need.
In 2015, two special people I know lost their fight with cancer. They were regular folks who didn’t have a lot – but were very much concerned about others. Relationships were their investments.
Their last days weren’t filled with trying to get more and more stuff – but in actuality – about giving all they had, away.
Months before he passed, my uncle sent me a package of memorabilia he had saved over the years. A big sports fan, there were baseball cards, newspaper clippings and other things important to him.
Also in the package were photos of my family and years of greetings cards that I had made and sent to he and his wife every Christmas. It was touching he saved them for so many years.
I knew family and friends were what mattered most to him. Not possessions.
I hope to end the year owning a lot less, but having much more.
How about you?