Monday, 27 April 2015

Fear

If your fear is to lose your material possessions, follow the advice of Seneca, and try to act as if you have already lost it. Do not try to persuade yourself that it could never happen.
"Set aside a certain number of days, during which you shall be content with the scantiest and cheapest fare, with coarse and rough dress, saying to yourself: is this the condition that I feared?"

You may not have much fun. But the exercise will force a collision between your wildest anxieties about how bad such an eventuality or such as life style might be, and the reality that although unpleasant, much less catastrophic than you imagined. It will help you grasp that the worst-case scenario is something with which you would be able to cope.

The tasks we set ourselves to have a certain number of zero-spending days a week, to wear a limited amount of clothes a month or to reduce consumption through a buy-ban have millennium old traditions.

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