Reflections on the Grind

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On spending

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3-day weekend.

The cold has gone away pretty much. Nice to be rid of stuffy nose and sore throat within a week.

I jogged yesterday for 10 min.

Took the car for a scheduled checkup (80,000 km) today. Car maintenance is expensive. Living in this city, however, I don’t see a safer, more practical alternative way to get to places.

During the 5-hour car service, I went to Central Ladprao for an errand. Bought a pair of jeans on sale. Ate at Tops. Good value food. I enjoy spending money on good food and clothing.

Material things are external and their maintenance can tax the mind. But quality stuff can work well for a long time. There are things you shouldn’t cheap out. Shoes, clothes, computers, phones, for example. Money should be spent wisely. Pick the best you can afford and stop chasing newer, shinier things.

Treat what you don’t have as nonexistent. Look at what you have, the things you value most, and think of how much you’d crave them if you didn’t have them. But be careful. Don’t feel such satisfaction that you start to overvalue them—that it would upset you to lose them.
-Marcus Aurelius, Meditations 6-27


Written by Rop

April 16, 2013 at 7:44 pm

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