The path of simplicity.
Less is more.
The Lord is my Shepherd, I shall not want.
It's a satisfying way to live... not succumbing to the pressures of advertising, the Joneses and the dictates of my own fluctuating emotions. Oh yes, there are still plenty of things that I want; I'm not without goals...but the reason for those wants are different. For example, I wanted a little conversion van, and got it.. Reason: So hubby, me, and doggie-makes-three can travel together. We love to hike with our pooch-and we're not all that interested in 4-star hotels with fine linens and truffles on the bed; so this purchase makes sense for our lifestyle. It's simple.
I've learned from personal experience that consumerism, overspending, and hoarding stems from some kind of fear. It may be fear of lack. I was raised pretty poor. We'd drive past beautiful new homes and I'd dream of what it would be like to live there. I thought that people who live in pretty houses had pretty lives. So it's easy for me to go overboard on buying stuff for my house, still thinking that pretty house=pretty life. But it doesn't. Others might fear failure; so they buy the best and most expensive equipment available to make them succeed. I know some golfers who fit this description. Fear of growing old might cause a person to spend inordinate amounts of money and time in spas, gyms, getting tucks and lifts, or just buying tons of makeup. How many homes do you visit where the fridge is absolutely crammed with food that cannot possibly be eaten before it spoils? I wonder what motivates that kind of waste? How about children who have so many toys that you can't walk through their bedroom without stepping on them? Hmmm. Is someone afraid that their kids might have an unhappy moment? Newsflash: It's not your job to keep them happy every minute. They'll become spoiled brats if you do...and they'll grow to be unhappy adults with the unrealistic expectation that happiness can be purchased at Costco.
So the question is not only, 'what do you want?' When trying to simplify your life, it's good to ask, "Why do I want this?"
Please don't feel guilty. Living simply isn't about guilt. It's about doing things for the right reasons, and then being happy about it. If you choose to buy the sailboat--enjoy it. But for heaven sakes, use it! If you don't use it, sell it, or better yet; tell everybody in the family that it's there for them to use too! Life's too short for sailboats to sit idly in the harbor, meals to rot- uneaten in the fridge, or toys to be without laughing children.