Take Care of Your Things
December 29, 2015
Filed In: Philosophy
In our disposable culture, there are very few things left that are well made. Quality construction comes at a price, and consumers would rather pay less now for a lower quality product that will need to be replaced than buy a high quality product and simply fix it when it's broken. This line of thinking applies to everything from cars to blenders.
Regardless of what kind of things that you have, it's important for you to be a good steward of your material possessions. Things cost money, and that money was not easily made. If you were to do an analysis of how much you're paid by the minute, and then applied that thinking to a purchase, your spending habits would change. For example, how long would you have to work to buy that particular blender? How many days would you have to work to afford that car?
Being a good steward is done partly when buying a product and partly when caring for a product. I'm pretty intense when it comes to taking care of our cars. I wash them regularly, wax them twice a year, and always make sure to take them in for scheduled maintenance. I do this not only because they're the biggest assets that we currently own, but because I need them to last. The better I care for them, the longer they'll be on the road in our family.
This is the secret to wealth. Fix something when it's broken, and only replace when its unfixable or cost prohibitive. We live in a disposable culture, but we would all be better off if we shift ourselves out of consumption mode and into contentment mode.