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I've been using stuff to feel achievement - 
That's not the legacy I want to leave.
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Hello friends!

That Uhaul and I made it to Oregon and I’ve been spending some time getting settled in.  Moving was so much easier when I was in my 20’s… or maybe it was that I just had less stuff! 

Oh, the stuff! 
I’ve never considered myself a heavy shopper; I don’t even like to do it. Yet, I found so many things I must have thought I needed – but then I packed it all away for 9 months and that need sure didn’t surface. After all - who needs to own 27 bras? Seriously?

So I’ve been thinking on this…
I think we use stuff sometimes to fill empty emotional holes. Yes, I know I’m not the first to say it, no need for shock. I think I've figured out WHY it works though. 

I’ve realized that buying stuff actually makes me feel some sort of achievement.  When I don’t feel like I’m accomplishing much, then buying things, especially if they are on some sort of checklist labeled “I NEED THIS TOO,” brings a feeling of self-satisfaction.

Achievement: brought to you by Visa.

But this period of “no stuff” has really helped me look at that. What have I accomplished, except for filling my closet, filling another’s wallet? Is this the kind of achievement I want in life?  Is this the kind of legacy I want?

Legacy.  Yep, I said it.  Everything I do, each and every day, adds to what the world will remember of me. And if I’m not careful, I’m going to be lulled into missing out on all that I am meant to share with this world.

You are too!  So here are a few steps to help us:

  1. Recognize coping when you see it.  What are you dealing with? How are you dealing with it?  Is it healthy coping, or could you use a new strategy or two?
     
  2. Analyze your achievements.  Are you accomplishing things on a regular basis that give you satisfaction?  If not, what can you do RIGHT NOW to change it?
     
  3. Stop shopping.  You are wasting your money on things you don’t really need.
     
  4. In this moment, start leaving your legacy.  Today, you can do something that builds a memory with someone else.  Do it. 

Our time, our hearts, our love and our laughter – these are the things we want to be remembered for.

Not drawers full of bras.

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Our greatest fear should not be of failure, but of succeeding at things in life that don't really matter. ~ Francis Chan
Christine Morgan, M.A.
Certified Life Coach

I am a professional encourager and the founder of the Know My Worth and 3-word Wisdom blogs and Facebook communities - now with over 95,000 page friends.   It's my goal in life to help others see how beautiful and wise they are and to always remember it myself.

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