What do you really need?

Posted: March 17, 2015 in Quotes
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    • I need to work more on this. We got rid of so much when we moved, but I still have plenty.

      janet

      • yprior1 says:

        well and as you know – this simple – potent- message can apply to so many areas – and recently I was talking with someone who is in the midst of a hard mid life time – thinking she should have more at this point – and actually they had a business flop and so they used to have more (you know – it is a very common story) but a little reminder with this quote can actually bring comfort – because at the end of a day – “how much do we ‘really’ need” – and joy and contentment goes beyond stuff – 🙂

  1. pattyalcala says:

    Some things never change. These words ring as true today as it did in Socrates day.

  2. Long story short, I became what some might call a minimalist about fifteen years ago. I haven’t missed one of those ‘things’ I got rid of. 🙂

  3. Oh so true. It is amazing how you look at material items differently when your bank account is 0. I am actually finding it rather liberating knowing that I have no debt, but just enough to live on. You become more creative.

    • True, Raewyn, and I think that if you can make it, and hopefully have a bit extra, you’re often quite happy as well Grinding poverty, though, has to make it more difficult to be happy, although happiness often only depends on where your values are.

  4. Tina Schell says:

    Well you certainly hit my hot spot with this one Janet. We are in the process of paring down to move to a smaller home (hopefully) and realizing how much I have and how little I need has been quite enlightening! That Socrates guy really knew what he was talking about 😄

  5. With an increasingly limited budget, spare time, and space for storage, I’ve found myself considering this very sentiment quite a lot recently…

    • It’s much more difficult to go from having a lot to having a little. I think it pays to not get too much to start with, as “stuff” tends to be addictive, but also entangling. Has spring come to your neck of the winter woods yet?

      janet

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