Greed: How Is It Serving You?

More Than Needed

greed“Greed: a selfish and excessive desire for more of something (as money) than is needed.” Okay, let us be honest. We all would be pretty stoked if we got extra money or extra clothes or more jewelry, right? Of course. It is very natural for us to get excited when we have more than we need.

We all want to be comfortable and have wiggle room to buy that new couch or move into that gorgeous loft downtown. But are we greedy based on that? No. Phew! Let out that breath you were holding. You are most likely fine.

If you think that you might be a little too close to being greedy than you would like, go through the definition again. First, do you want more of something than you need? If you are human, that answer is probably yes. Don’t panic. Now, is that desire excessive? Selfish? This might be a little harder to give an answer to. If we are all going to be honest here, I would say it is likely that your wish is selfish. But excessive is where the real shades of grey come in. So let us talk about what would make it excessive.

Let’s Talk Greed

One question to ask yourself is, β€œIs this desire distracting?” We all have moments where we wish we had more money or clothes or a fancier this or that. But do you think about it a lot. Do you think about it at work? Do you think about it when you are spending time with loved ones? Are you unable to live in the moment because you are thinking about how much more comfortable you would be if you had a better car or cuter boots?

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greedIf you answered yes (even begrudgingly) to any of these questions, you might be heading in a negative direction. Greed. And as with all the other deadly sins, diving too deep into greed will really mess up your life. You may start trying to work more to get more money which could affect your social relationships. If all your time is going towards making more money, your friendships and romantic relationships will certainly suffer. And being consumed by the desire for more will hinder your ability, if not completely destroy it, to recognize how much you already have.

Greed can also create a slippery slope into envy. If you are trying really hard to get more money or a better car or a large house and you see someone else who has all of that, you are definitely going to envy them and become bitter.

Everyone Knows It

Unlike the other sins, I believe that greed is probably felt by everyone at some point in their lives. It is just important to recognize it and do your best to turn it around. When I find myself thinking about all the things I want and wishing desperately that I had more money or a better house, I try to stop myself. Then I make myself think about all the things I am thankful for. So I realize that I have a lot more than most people and I certainly have a lot more than I used to. And the most important part is that I have what I need.

Sometimes it is really difficult to recognize the difference between what we want and what we need. Especially now, society tells us that we need more and that new things and more money will make us happier. They say that more money will open you up to more experiences and new people and that is where happiness is. While travel and new friendships can greatly add to the happiness of your life, it is important to recognize that money is merely a conduit and not the real thing giving you pleasure. True happiness is rarely caused by anything tangible. Also, a happy person will be happy in a studio apartment and in a beach-side mansion. They will be happy in 3-year old outfits and in the latest spring line.

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greedBe Thankful

If you are reading this, you probably have what you need. Thank God for all he has given you. Pray he takes care of your needs. And pray that he teaches you to be satisfied with the blessings you already have.

This post was first published almost a year ago. Given all that is currently happening across the world, we thought it was timely to republish. Hope you appreciated its questions and encouragement.

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12 thoughts on “Greed: How Is It Serving You?

  1. I think sometimes wanting more in life is mistaken for greed. For me it makes me work harder and go the extra mile to achieve my goals. However I do realize the fine line between greed and wanting more

    1. Ms Claudette

      That can happen – that mistake. I think however, it is when you want more at the expense of others, just to have for the sake of showing. After all, you can’t take it with you. πŸ™‚

  2. I agree with many of the other comments here – there is nothing inherently long, I believe, in wanting more out of your life, that is the driving force that pushes many of us to work harder, chase our dreams, impact more people, etc – However when greed gets out of control that’s when the negative impact can be felt!

    Britt | http://alternativelyspeaking.ca/

    1. Ms Claudette

      Anything that we allow to control us will have a negative impact in the end. Thanks for sharing that Britt!

  3. [ Smiles ] Greed doesn’t serve us, it serves the ego!

  4. I don’t think I am a greedy person. I think I am pretty giving and I think because of this, it reflects into my daily life (subtly). People are appreciate and happy and nice and always smile when around me, further promoting positivity! πŸ™‚

  5. You raise some interesting questions here Claudette. Greed or obsession? Well, when I apply it to politics and businesses that exploit, I have to go with greed. Where is that line of being too much, especially if we believe in a universe of abundance? I’ll have to ponder that one a while more. Provocative post — thanks.

    1. Ms Claudette

      Actually, this is Alexis’ post but I could not agree with her more. Further, like you I do believe in an Abundant Universe. The challenge is when there are those, corporate, politics or even individuals who block others from that knowledge of abundance. Some teachings of some religions for example I would be including in that. πŸ™‚ Thanks for the visit, again.

  6. All these snakes re freaking me out gal but I get the point…Greed. Depends on what kind of greed…! I think wanting more for one’s life is not greed, its life, normal, your inner man urging you to go for gold…! Yet accumulating and hoarding, taking unneccesary measures to protect the wealth from others, not spreading it so more can receive and in so doing you get more is not cool πŸ™‚

    1. Ms Claudette

      LOL! Yes, the snakes are helping us to make the point. πŸ™‚ And yes, that is the point — the taking and not giving or excluding others from getting is the kind of greed we are talking about. πŸ™‚

  7. I don’t believe there’s anything wrong with wanting more. As long as that doesn’t get in the way of you actually living your life and having quality relationship.

    Living in a state of gratitude is the key to live, AND the key to wealth.

    1. Ms Claudette

      Could not agree with you more Alex. The verse: “the love of money is the root of all evil,” come to mind. Thanks so much for the visit. πŸ™‚

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