When you get something for nothing, you just haven't been billed for it yet. ~ Franklin P. Jones

"Hoarding Man" by Gary Locke  - Visit TheGaryArtGood.blogspot.com

by Pete Ferguson

Hi, I'm Pete, and I'm a recovering addict.

"Hi Pete."

I'm not addicted to drugs or booze (or smoking crack cocaine while I was in a drunken stupor in Toronto). I'm addicted to something much worse and more spiritually toxic.

I'm addicted to wanting something for nothing.

I'm inpatient at heart. I want everything. Now.

I understand hard work pays off, and that's great. I just want it to pay off immediately.

But when it does, I'm not happy with the results. In fact I'm empty inside and I want more.

I heard a great quote this week about addiction:

Addicts love things and use people.

And ain't that the truth? Because I can never get enough stuff to be happy. And lots of stuff without meaningful relationships is really an unhappy place for me to be. And so I go after more stuff, only to find that I only feel less happy - so of course I self-prescribe the need for more stuff.

But I did say I'm a recovering addict. And Step 1 is to admit to my problem - and to admit I am powerless over it. And so I'm declaring to the world that I'm recovering from stuff-itis (the desire of too much stuff).

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Comment by Peter A Ferguson on November 10, 2013 at 6:09am

Dan, thanks for your comments - I've posted more on my website. 

Ann, I've been quiet for a while as I write for an audience of one - me. The writing has been very introspective and healing. Farnoosh Brock dared me to push it out to a more public audience, and I'm glad I have and I'm glad it spoke to you. 


Comment by Ann Musico on November 9, 2013 at 11:13am

Well said Peter. I appreciate you sharing so candidly. I think this affects each and every one of us to some degree.

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Comment by Dan Miller on November 9, 2013 at 8:37am

Wow - what a great overview of the changes in your perspective. Joanne and I are in Kenya right now and are seeing a lot of expecting something for nothing. Pretty sad to see people locked into that mentality. Keep carrying the torch!

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