I know what you’re thinking: What an innapropriate question. But bare with me….
I’ve always been told that Americans have “too much stuff.” And it’s true. And I’m guilty of it. I’d like to say I have a minimalist style but I’d be lying. I want my apartment to have that coffee-lounge-type-of- look: books spilling over shelves, intriguing trinkets glazed over the mantle, rugs layered upon rugs. But I’ve also come to terms that I have everything I need ….and more. So I’ve stopped myself from buying more apartment décor, which was my guilty pleasure.
We could all use a cultural diet. I’ve bought books that I only hope to read, that I hope will make me a little better at Trivial Pursuit. I’ve bought Sundance Film Festival DVD collections I only got half way through. Board games – well I never knew how fast they aged (especially the pop culture ones)before I wanted to replace them. I’ve just sort of hit this wall where, I think, enough already. I don’t need another coffee mug just because it’s neat. I don’t need another mirror just because it fills up a wall. I. Don’t . Need. Any. More. Stuff.
Then I saw this website, “How Rich Are You?” which supported my point even further. No wonder I have so much stuff. Even if you make $1,000 a year you are about sixty percent richer than the world’s population!
Go ahead: Try it. I guarantee you that you’re richer than you think.$8 could buy you 15 organic apples OR 25 fruit trees for farmers in Honduras to grow and sell fruit at their local market. $30 could buy you an ER DVD Boxset OR a First Aid kit for a village in Haiti. $73 could buy you a new mobile phone OR a new mobile health clinic to care for AIDS orphans in Uganda. $2400 could buy you a second generation High Definition TV OR schooling for an entire generation of school children in an Angolan village.
So – hopefully this inspires you to stop buying more stuff and start making stuff happen! Visit YourCause.com to get it going.
– Lizette Romero