Today's Challenge - Stop consuming
We live in a world of consumerism. Did you know that annually Americans spend more on shoes, jewelry and watches ($100 billion) than we do on higher education? Or that the average person will spend 3,680 hours (153 days, or 5 months) of their lives looking for misplaced items?
The worst part about these staggering statistics is that studies have shown that none of this "stuff" is making us any happier. We buy just to buy or for the "high" of it. I've been guilty of this over and over thinking, "Oh, it's such a good deal. I better get it just in case," or "This (gag gift) will be so funny to give," or "My kids will be so happy if I buy them this toy."
Unfortunately, the thrill of the hunt only lasts momentarily, and what we are then left with is a boat load of junk, filling up our houses, bogging down our minds. What do we do with all this junk? Well, one in ten Americans rents a storage unit outside of their home. Many of us just keep letting it fill our homes. Did you know there are over 300,000 items in an average American home and that each year the average American throws away 65 pounds (29 kg) of clothing.
Today, my challenge is to become a non-consumer. Just for one day don't buy ANYTHING. Eat only what you need to for fuel. Don't stop at the coffee shop. Make it at home if you can. If it makes more sense for you to eat out because of work or activities that's fine, but set the intention for the day to be more of a PRODUCER and less of a CONSUMER.
Notice how you feel at the end of the day. Did you feel deprived? Did you feel happier? More in control of your thoughts and feelings?
My goal is to continue having CONSUMER-LESS Wednesdays. If you feel inspired to join me, I'd love to know.
As always, please share your experience in the comments.