We’ve been looking at lot lately about money and material things and their role in prosperity. Some of you have inferred that acquiring things is materialistic or about making statements. I will plead guilty as charged.
When we get anything, it does make a statement. The car you drive, how you dress, decorate your home, and even what type of eyeglasses you wear – all make a statement about you.
When I buy a car, I do want it to make a statement. My cars are a reflection of my personality. They go fast, turn heads and cost a lot. Just like me!
Ok, I’m being a little cheeky. Ok, very cheeky.
But aren’t the things we all buy an extension of us? When you see my car, look at what I wear, or you see how my home is decorated, you have a very good idea of who I am.
That doesn’t mean I am defined by my possessions. It means they are defined by me. I like simple elegance, not “busyness,” so I’m attracted to clean, classic lines, whether it’s suits, cars, or furniture.
I think we all feel this way. But most people don’t practice this…
They save the good china for company, put plastic covers on the new furniture, and only break out the fine wine to impress someone else. I buy the nice stuff for me!
Now don’t get me wrong. I want to share it with the people that are special in my life. But I don’t need company to justify buying the best.
You could say a car only takes you from point A to point B. But I want an automobile that excites me every time I drive it. I want hand made leather shoes, not plastic ones. I want beautiful art in my home not velvet paintings of dogs playing poker. I want to eat delicious, fresh prepared foods, not what there are coupons for. I want a stereo system that captures the nuances of Maria Callas, and rattles the fucking rafters with Guns N’ Roses.
And because these things bring joy to my life, I buy them. Perhaps you think I’m arrogant, obnoxious, and ostentatious. Perhaps you think the money and material things are about making a social statement. They are. And here is the statement:
“Poverty is a sin. You were born to be rich. I’ve accepted this, appreciate the finer things in life, and hope my example inspires you to do the same thing.”
What about you?
Do you think you were born to be rich or believe it’s spiritual to be poor? Do you feel a little guilty just entertaining the thought of becoming really rich? Do you give yourself the finer things, or save them for company? Please give that some thought and check in below.