Escaping Materialism

Money can’t buy happiness.

It temporarily may for those who lack the basic needs of clothing, food, and shelter. But once you’ve secured those essentials, having more money may not give much more happiness.

Today’s world urges us that the solution to everything is buying. With advertising at its peak, materialism seemed to become inescapable.

All around us are messages telling us to buy, buy, and buy.

Turn on the TV, radio, flip open a magazine, look at the internet, even on most blogs, there goes advertising and its message of buy, buy, and buy… to make us happier… drilled into our heads from waking to sleeping.

But this is the wonderful truth: We have everything we need for happiness right now.

The typical desires for money, a nicer house and car, nicer clothes and gadgets, a big screen TV, a super-successful career or business... deep inside we know none of that can give us happiness.

Happiness is simple pleasures. It is spending time doing what we love with those we love. It’s realizing that the world around us is a miracle, is beautiful and filled with sources of joy.

Do you have eyes? Then you have the ability to enjoy the sky, the ocean, mountains, and the greenery of nature. Do you have ears? Then you can hear music, laughter, and conversation.

These are tools for happiness… use them, and realize that you are blessed beyond belief.

How should we live, then, in a Materialistic World?

1. Remember the real purpose of life. The purpose of life is more than being entertained, more than having fun, more than experiencing thrills, more than feeling good or getting to retirement. I challenge you to find your spirituality and get to know God. From this you will find real meaning in life.

2. Enjoy balanced living. In the book of Ecclesiastes, chapter 3, it was said that there is a time for everything. A time for play, a time for work, a time for seriousness, and a time for silliness. Personal development is holistic: mental, emotional, physical, social, and spiritual. Exercise this by contributing to the welfare of others.

3. Avoid destructive pleasures. If you don’t plan for healthy pleasures in your life, the world will continually seduce you with unhealthy ones. Refuse an unhealthy lifestyle – the inability to say “No” is called an addiction.

The world today has been offering us trivial pursuits that seemed solving our problems with depression, anxiety, and desolation.

We all have a reason for being here. We all matter. We have a purpose.

Our life is not trivial, it is intentional.