They’ve been after me for over a year now. They call, they text, they send me offers in the mail. My wireless phone company – who shall remain nameless – is desperately trying to persuade me to upgrade my cell phone.
The thing is, my current phone works perfectly. I like its old fashioned flip top and I finally know how to use all of its simple functions. Sure, sometimes I’m tempted to get a flashier model with all the bells and whistles, but do I really need it?
I’m aware that our consumer culture depends on my basic dissatisfaction with the stuff of my life. A lot of energy is spent stimulating my insatiable desire for the newest and fanciest. And I have, in fact, spent many years consuming, thinking that my life would be easier, happier or more fun through some acquisition.
These days, when I feel that old pattern of discontent begin to cloud my mind, I’m convinced that my best strategy is to upgrade my consciousness. When I do that, my old mind, fueled by dissatisfaction falls away and I’m left with a new and quieter mind, fueled by contentment.
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