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Nov

Possession Obsession

by Alan Rider

henrydavidthoreauWhen it comes to our compulsive urge to find fulfillment by buying a bunch of expensive crap we really don’t need, I think my man Hank said it best:

 

“A man is rich in proportion to the number of things he can afford to let alone.” 

 —Henry David Thoreau

 

In other words, I’m convinced we’d all be a lot better off if we could just lose this idea that having the “right” possessions will make us happy once-and-for-all.  Personally, I feel fortunate to be in a place in my life where there just aren’t that many things out there that I really need or even want  (a quality which, I’ll admit, drives my wife crazy with the holidays approaching). 

By contrast, I think the kind of extraordinary experiences I’ve collected on XTRORD.com are actually a good example of Thoreau’s philosophy in action. 

For starters, these once-in-a-lifetime adventures don’t necessarily have to break the bank (there are a number of really cool things on our Xperiences page that can be had for around $100).  More important, however, is the fact that they’re something you do, not to impress others, but because they leave you feeling fully alive

Add the fact that the memories they create will never break down, wear out,  go out of style, or be repossessed, and spending money on pricey possessions looks kind of silly by comparison.  

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