Last week’s blog spoke to one area of life that serves to maximize our happiness in life: people. To reiterate, I noted that strong and connected relationships in our lives is paramount to peace. Both quality and quantity time with friends and family is a valuable investment for every one of us. When life gives us lemons, it’s our friends that make the lemonade. When everything seems to go wrong, our family gets us through it. Not only that, but if you really want to put on a smile, take the time to reminisce with friends or family about stories from your past.
This week, let’s ponder what exactly has stolen our time and happiness and whether Workamping is an answer to get it back!
For one thing, we are continually marketed through tv, the internet, and other advertisements that have made us think “more stuff” will make us happy. More stuff, often leads to the “need” of more income. When we buy more than we can really afford, we accrue more debt. More debt leads to the need to work more hours to pay our bills. Do people work second jobs to meet their basic needs or just to try to keep up with the Joneses? Median home sizes in our country have grown way out of proportion and affordability which has lead to a gross amount of foreclosures. The very things we thought we are deserving of or entitled to–the stuff we thought would make us happy– has stolen that which brings us true happiness: relationships with our family, friends, and co-workers.
“Entertainment” (tv/video games/Facebook ) has caused us to ignore the needs of others, time with family playing games, tossing a ball, or sharing our day over a cup of coffee. How often are we aware of our sick neighbors that need a meal or a hand?
Just how many channels do we need on our tv anyway or features on our phone?
Don’t be afraid to turn off your tv at times! Is Facebook or the internet robbing you of real face-time? What is with the thinking that you must upgrade your smart-phone or other digital equipment every time a new version comes out?
STUFF does not equal happiness yet many of us place our hope in it. Stuff is definitely overrated! Financially, we become broke if we always have to have the best or “next generation.” Why not be more concerned about the generation at hand (your friends and family) or the next generation: your grandchildren, nieces, nephews, or other children that could use your help!
I don’t know the ratio of Dreamers to Workampers that read this blog but I can surmise this: Workampers spend more time making friends and getting outdoors and fulfilling a purpose in life than those that are just Dreamers. They play more games, visit with friends and family and just have a cup of coffee with a coworker. If someone is hurting, they actually hear about it, not read it on Facebook. Workampers have real relationships.
What else do Workampers have? They generally have less stuff out of both necessity and choice. They have less things to worry about that robs them of precious time and money.
Dreamers, “stuff” isn’t evil in and of itself, but you have to not let it strangle you.
One of the things you need to be doing if you want to fulfill your dream of seeing America, one job at a time, is to realize what is important in your life and what isn’t. Purge the thought that stuff will make you happy.
Best of luck!
Steve Anderson, Your Dream Engineer
Tags: family, friends, happiness, stuff