Lately, I am motivated more and more by less and less in every aspect of my life. Eating less food, buying fewer items and worrying less about things I cannot change.

I call this a life of de-consumption.

Leonard Woolsey: 409-683-5207;

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Bailey Jones

“Letting go gives us freedom, and freedom is the only condition for happiness. If, in our heart, we still cling to anything - anger, anxiety, or possessions - we cannot be free.” - Thich Nhat Hanh

There are certainly practical reasons to stop buying stuff as we age - we've already got everything we need. Lately I've been thinking about selling off a lot of what I've accumulated - mostly inherited - on eBay. But there's another reason to resist. For about a century, Americans have been cynically manipulated by the advertising industry. Everything from breakfast cereal and doormats to political ideology and presidents is marketed to us. I recommend the book "The Hacking of the American Mind -

The Science Behind the Corporate Takeover of Our Bodies and Brains" by Robert H. Lustig, if you really want to see what's behind the curtain. Once you see it, you'll never look at the world the same again.

Kelly Naschke

Words of wisdom. Thanks Leonard.


Jose' Boix

Agree and add my thanks for another inspiring Editorial.

Gary Miller

My children and their children are retiring young by following one constant. Learning the difference between want and need.

Jarvis Buckley

It's easy to go from wealth to poverty of you live long enough. Learning the difference between want and need

Is something every child should be taught. To not do so by their parents should be considered neglect at the least. Child abuse at the extreme end of that thought.

As usual your articles are thought provoking. We all should take heed. Life is short. We can't turn back the clock. We get one shot. Let's make the best of it.

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