‘’Let’s cover the world in glitters and pearls.’’
‘’I love pretty things, what else is there?’’
‘’Nothing better to heal a broken heart than a shopping spree.’’
To give Greed some balance
“He who is not contented with what he has,
would not be contented with what he would like to have.”
- Socrates -
“Successful and happy people are always looking for opportunities to help others.
Unsuccessful and unhappy people are always asking: ‘what’s in it for me?’”
- Brian Tracy -
“Manifest plainness, embrace simplicity, reduce selfishness, have few desires.”
- Lao Tzu -
What is greed? When does loving pretty things and wanting to have them become ‘greed’? And is it really that bad, that evil? Someone asked us once: ‘if you’d lose all your things, had no more lipstick, no more beautiful car and no more house with a luxurious kitchen en gorgeous furniture, would you still be you? Would you still be happy?’’.
All those things are a form of security, absolutely, but they’re not the roots of real, deep security. ‘False securities’ you could even call all those things. Real security and real riches is if you’d be just as happy if the entire world, with all your pearls and gems in it, would perish. From your house, your shoes, your laptop, you’re diploma’s, your art and clothing to your rare Faberge egg you once bought in Russia. You’d be okay cause you’d have love; for yourself and others. Because you’d be healthy, you’d have your knowledge, your sense of humor, your talents, your strength and your courage. If these are the things you derive your identity and security from (and then still buy that designer purse, in 4 colors), you’re alright.
Would you be a lost little puppy without all those things, then this could very well be your sin that may no longer be called a guilty pleasure, but a real problem. We all shop to drown our sorrow; a descent petty party simply costs some tears, chocolate and pretty things, and also shopping just for fun is okay. As soon as we NEED it however – start spending money we don’t have, not being able to be happy without that one jacket/purse/chair cause it seems essential to make us who we are – we’re in trouble. Then it’s time to pick to flower that hides the festering wound underneath it and to start dealing with our real and much bigger problems.
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