Is It All About Stuff?



Have you ever noticed that the emphasis in advertising is on what we don’t have?  According to television and radio commercials, happiness is a new house, or a new car, or new Apple product, or a bass boat.  Advertisers are taking advantage of the fact that many people think they can attain happiness by accumulating more “stuff.”  Have you ever noticed that we spend the early part of our lives accumulating stuff and the later part of our lives accumulating memories and getting rid of stuff?

It seems to me that if we can find a way to be more thankful for what we have, we’ll spend less time thinking about what we don’t have.  I have a feeling that true happiness is somewhere in there.

Matt Knisely

Matt Knisely is an Emmy Award–winning visual storyteller, creative director, and author who loves telling stories of the extraordinary. Make sure you check out his book Framing Faith, it helps connect the seemingly unconnected, see the beauty right in front of us, and revealing how to be present in the moment.

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  1. itʻs not just the stuff we donʻt have but the better version of what we do have…we love the upgrade. i love the upgrade.
    wish we could track the wake of former ʻmust havesʻ that lie strewn behind us, i bet itʻd be pretty sad.