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Should something meet an untimely end, I am sad. But I also thank them for their loyal service for as long as they existed, and use their passing as an opportunity to bring another beautiful, dutiful item into service.
Now, having said this, I do not purchase $1000 spoons or $500 ceramic vases. If one is prepared to replace broken items one must be operating with one's own financial comfort zone. However, ask yourself: would you rather own an expensive item that you rarely enjoy or own something within your financial means that you enhances your life days on end?
I am offering, I suppose, a slightly different view of materialism. It's a different way of looking at objects in your world, one where you have a mutually beneficial relationship with them.
I know, you're thinking, "she's really gone off deep end this time." But honestly, this perspective encourages you to notice beauty surrounding you and conveniences you enjoy and be grateful for them. This in turn brings positive feelings into your life, what I call Material Contentment.
The next time you eat with a nice spoon or sit on a soft sofa, take a moment to realize how lucky you are to be guardian of such an object. Has it been loyal in service to you? Have you shown it respect and admiration in return?
Today is a great day to start talking to inanimate objects. Why not begin by saying "Thanks" to your favorite piece of silverware?
Deirdre Maigread McEachern is an experienced writer, speaker and personal coach who works one-on-one to help her clients find their ideal career and create more balance in their lives. You can contact Deirdre at 207-439-4280, firstname.lastname@example.org or sign up for her free e-newsletter at www.vip-coaching.com/news.