Today’s shopping experience is filled with the color, shapes, smells, sounds and the promise of delight found in the Candy Shops of yesterday. But unlike yesterday’s child, limited to a quarters worth of goodies, we have filled up our bags to the brim and returned for as much as our credit limit or bank account would allow. And what do we have to show for all this unrestrained extravagance? Not much more than a red stained tongue.
With two thirds of our population unable to handle a $400.00 unexpected expense, it appears to be way past the time to close this store. We have said yes to ourselves on so many frivolous purchases, and contrary to the notion this brings happiness and satisfaction, we are left curiously empty and broke. And what is worse, we have brought our kids along for this ride. These unfettered trips to the candy store haven’t done anyone any favors. We have become a bunch of entitled, self-absorbed consumers who can no longer afford their habit. If there is to be any hope for us appreciating the true gifts of life, we have got to close the candy store.
We can’t close this shop soon enough, our future depends on it. If you are resistant to the idea of self- limitation (dare we say discipline), prepare yourself for the backlash from both yourself and your kids. Just like any ruinous habit we try to break, the blowback will be fierce. We’re not any different from any other addict, it’s just another drug of choice. Like an addict, we have to learn to say no to needless spending and discover the joys of being clean.
The first step in any recovery is admitting you have a problem. Once we grasp that our overspending habits are entirely within our control, we can start to make the changes necessary to live a more peaceful and free life. The choice is always yours.