The original saying is “A bird in the hand is worth two in the bush”.
Why risk getting two when you already have one.
Maybe you have something already, but you want a larger quantity of it or maybe you want to get an even better one and are willing to lose or lose the value of the one you have to get it. Like trading in a car you haven’t fully paid for, for a new one.
This thought process plagues me sometimes.
The want, dare I say need, to upgrade things.
Do I need a larger tv? Nope. Do I need a nicer/bigger/faster car? Nawh.
But do I want these things? Hell yeah I do and I’m pretty sure everyone else does too.
Being a good consumer that likes to work hard and contribute to society, I have succumb to these selfish desires many times in the past; like the larger tv and car previously mentioned above.
If I had to justify my decisions, I’d say that I’ve worked for my money and deserve to spend it on whatever I want.
But at the end of the day, it’s all just stuff. Everything we use is means to an end.
I can consume media on my laptop or my phone and a car is transportation.
On the other end of the spectrum, everything that can be purchased can be made bespoke and made into a status symbol, like a $80000 Sony projector or a $733000 Rolls Royce, and all because people want the best stuff.
It depends on what you need, what you want, and what suits you.
When the stuff we have is paid for (one in the hand), is in good condition, is in good working order, and is also old and boring, the new, shiny, big, flashy, feature packed thing (two in the bush) is more tantalizing than we can sometimes take. We must have it!
But when is enough, enough?
I think it’s just in our nature to want the bigger badder better shinier things.
Some advice from minimalism movement would say to box up everything you own, unpack what you use over 30 day period, sell or donate what’s left in the boxes, use what you have until you need a new one, replace and recycle. Check out this video of Ryan Nicodemus and Joshua Fields Millburn giving a TED talk about minimalism.
It’s difficult way of thinking and their plan works for some people, but letting go of stuff that you’ve worked really hard for is very difficult. Have you seen the show hoarders?
I do a lot of travelling for work and it’s easy to figure out which things I like use a lot when I’m at home, when I’m not able to do the things I need to, how I want to. Like having a sharp kitchen knife and cutting board for example. I wish I had my knife and cutting board with me so many times, frustratingly using a shitty serrated steak knife to cut up some carrots.
I won’t get into the irony of now wanting to buy another kitchen knife and cutting board to keep in the car.
Maybe I just have to take the one I have with me like I do with my blender and espresso maker.
What is the one thing that you have and just want a better one or maybe even more of the one thing? How do you deal with the urge to spurge? Would you do the minimalism exercise?
Have a great day!