February 22, 2013 at 4:00 PM
The financial future of U.S. retirees
Live more sustainably
The page-one headline Feb. 18 was “Financial outlook grim for future retirees in U.S.” and the article talked about being “worse off” that our parents and about declining living standards.
We know that our consumption is way beyond anything sustainable. It has been said that the first 50 years we accumulate and the second 50 years we declutter. The process can be liberating, profitable and very comfortable.
We must use up, repair and wear out rather than buying new. We must live in smaller spaces rather than the biggest house on the biggest lot. We must invest in things that are useful and satisfying for the long haul rather than the fad of the moment. We must build relationships and community rather than a stockpile of trophy possessions.
The happiest people don’t necessarily have the best of everything. They just make the best of what they have.
–Jody Grage, Seattle
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