Trap #9: Owning everything

Many people feel that they have to own things to have a happy life.  As a result, they chase after the second home, the cabin, the new car, and all the things they want to own.  I once met a man who had a house, a summerhouse by the sea, a winter lodge in the mountains, a new car, and many, many things.

But the bank financed it all, so he had to work all year round to pay off the mortgages on his possessions. Whenever he took a weekend off to go to one of his houses, he had to spend the whole time fixing things on them. He never had any quality time for relaxation.

Clearly he would have been happier had he used his money renting a place whenever he wanted to spend time by the sea or by the lake.  I am sure his son would trade the houses for some quality time with his dad, sleeping in a tent, walking by the woods, or fishing in the lake.

You can only be in one place at a time, you can only drive one car at a time and you can only have one good dinner at a time.  The jewelry that adorns you adorns another in an instant.  Don’t feel you have to own everything. Lighten your load.  Be lean.  There might be another way that does not require you to own.  Remember the old Chinese saying:  If you own more than three things, the things own you.

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Table of Contents

I. Chapter One: Introduction to Life Planning

II. Chapter Two: Your Past

III. Chapter Three: The Influence Of Generations

IV. Chapter Four: Your Present

V. Chapter Five: Your Future

VI. Chapter Six: Your Alternatives

VII. Chapter Seven: Making The Decision

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