In a recent article on No Sidebar, Kerry Ogden shared her story of getting caught up in consumerism – Collect Memories, Not Stuff. After overindulging on Amazon, she came to a realization.
Compulsive consumerism is one of many ways to fill a void where meaning, joy, and connection belong. When we buy something, our longing (boredom, desire, etc.) is temporarily lulled. But it’s an illusion. Once it returns, we need more and the cycle continues.
This lesson is one many minimalists have learned. It’s one that took me far too many years to learn. But, once learned it becomes an impetus to change. Often that begins with a purge of the needless, followed by a deep longing for meaningful and memorable experiences.
Your challenge this weekend is to collect a memory. Not an item that represents a memory, but an actual memory. Do something special for yourself or for someone you love. Take a walk in the woods, play with your kids in a park, treat someone to lunch (homemade or in a restaurant), read a story to your spouse, visit somewhere new, see a play or performance, enjoy a sunset or get up early and see the sunrise. The possibilities are more endless than all the stuff in an Amazon warehouse. Making memories is like that, each new day creates the potential for new memories to form.
Usually I ask that you share your weekend challenge successes, but I want this weekend challenge memory to be special to you, so I’m closing comments on this post. Enjoy your weekend as you collect new memories.