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The Ultimate Financial Plan: Balancing Your Money and Life by Tim Maurer, Jim Stovall

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CHAPTER 4

The Gift of Enough

DEBT AND FINANCIAL FREEDOM

Years of success and prosperity in our economy have created a consumer-based society. We are no longer worried about our physical or financial survival; therefore, we have undertaken a new challenge. We have embraced the illusive challenge of accumulating more. Please understand that there is absolutely nothing wrong with enjoying material possessions. It is important, however, to draw a distinction between the possessions we have and those possessions that have us.

Timeless Truth

If your goal is to acquire a certain standard of living or lifestyle for you and your family or for your future security, this is admirable; however, if it is your burning desire to keep up with the image portrayed by the commercials on television or in the glamour magazines, you have been afflicted with the dreaded disease called more.

More is a disease that feeds upon itself. As we rush about aimlessly trying to accumulate more, we become aware of an even greater number of things we don’t have and must obtain. Instead of seeking the impossible goal of reaching more, we should, instead, seek the internal goal called enough.

Ironically, we can find people who are literally billionaires who have long ago lost count of all of their possessions; however, these people are still driven by that circular quest for more. On the other hand, there are people of seemingly modest means who have attained the state of enough. They no longer judge themselves ...

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