This is an idea thats been sitting in my head for some time now. I gained my inspiration from a talk I used to give my Reps back in my District Management days. In talking about how some things only hold value to people if presented in a certain package, and how most products can only depreciate in value over extended amounts of time. To prove my point I would hold up a bottle of top name water and ask “who would pay 3 dollars for this bottle of water”, and at least half the hands would go up. I would then hold up a styrofoam cup full of water and ask again “who would pay 3 dollars for this cup of water”, and not only did no hands go up, but the room would start to fill with subtle chuckles as the reps started to think their manager was going crazy. I would then take another styrofoam cup and ask “How many of you realized all I did was this…” as I poured the water from the bottle into the cup. It was at this point that they realized they were paying for the bottle rather than the water.
Now realize Im not bashing Fiji water or any other product of its type (in fact I find lots of value in water and kind of need it to survive lol). However it makes a point that the tangible items that we often think hold such a great value, are rather easily depreciated, and the true value is held in the intangible pleasures of life.
I remember reading a story on Yahoo a little over a year ago about a couple who sold everything they had except for 50 things, pretty much the bare necessities. They literally had an apartment with little to nothing in it. They rode their bikes everywhere because they didn’t have cars. They didn’t have a tv, but did have a couple books as part their 50 items. Each time they wanted to get something they would choose to get rid of something else, typically by donating it to a good cause. But they never had any more than 50 items at a time.
They subjected themselves to studies because they realized that their happiness level went through the roof when they made this change. The studies showed that they were something like, 4 times as happy as those who had an average amount of items (Studies based off of american figures Im sure), and they were over 10 times happier than those with significant amounts of stuff. It showed that with the lack of items they found themselves APPRECIATING more life had to offer. Think about that, theres people out there with Ferraris, Mansions and Yachts, and they proved these two were OVER 10 times happier across the board. On top of that, because they only had a few items and didn’t waste all the extra money on… stuff, they were able to comfortably cut back on their work schedules and APPRECIATE more time together… creating lasting memories. They ate healthier with money to spare on health foods, they impacted the environment by not driving cars and producing very little waste. While everyone else’s precious… stuff.. was depreciating, they were able to appreciate the finer things in life.
Just as the water immediately loses its face value as it reaches the styrofoam cup, we would be wiser (let alone happier) to know where the true values of our life reside 🙂
Putting this photo together was nothing short of a challenge. I destroyed my lightbox tonight with a significant amount of water, so if anyone knows where I can find a good tutorial on how to build anothe…. wait a second… I have a tutorial on how to build a lightbox (Which is HERE if you haven’t seen it ;). But anyway to say I put a good amount of time into the suspended water bottle and getting everything looking how I envisioned it would be an understatement. But I did appreciate the process (Ha, see what I did there. Laugh, you know you want to!)