I find my husband to be a very interesting creature, because he just does a ton of tiny little things that make our lives better. He has taught me a lot, and it’s always pretty cool to notice when I start doing something HE does, or has always done, or has taught me to do in the most casual and nonchalant way.
The other morning, I woke up to run (currently on a 12 day running streak). I got home, and took my brand new running shoes (arrived beginning of Jan), and took them off, wiped them off, and put them away in the box they came with. I had this overpowering feeling to take great care of them. These were my new babies, and I was going to take amazing care of them. The next morning I woke up and remembered it rained the day before. Instead of taking out my new kicks out of the box and running in them, I took out my older shoes, and ran in those instead. Even though it wasn’t raining, I knew running in the dark, I was bound to step in plenty of puddles and get da shoes wet. And so, I wore the older pair instead.
From the moment we met my main guy always took care of his things. His DJ equipment, his computers, his clothes, and shoes, and anything he touches, he takes great care of. Throughout the years, I would find him sewing up a t-shirt or a pair of old socks (ya, old thick army like socks). If my son cut his shirt (because scissors are so fun to use on one’s clothing for a kindergartner), he would take out his sewing kit, and sew it up.
I’ll find him cleaning the bathroom, washing this or that. He just loves taking care of things. He will wash the car, and polish this or that. He’ll replace the oil before it’s due, he’ll randomly wash the dishwasher so it runs without errors. He makes the bed as soon as he gets up, and washes the dog every few days.
Here is my AJB polishing up our son’s sneakers.
I’m always amazed by this habit because it motivates me to take better care of everything I use, and own and love. Often, I find him teaching his children the same. Whenever I ask him why he does this he says it’s a combination of not having in excess as a child (3rd out of 4 children) and then Army life. The Army required the shiniest shoes, and a perfect bed, among many other things that make humans stronger.
Taking care of your things is motivating because I find it to be a pillar in growing wealth. Taking care of what we already have, what we already own, what we already paid for, is pretty rad. This means we don’t have to replace an item, we are less likely to break an item, we are less likely to ruin an item, and we understand the value of it. We are therefore more able to teach by example to the little people looking up to us.
As a society we are quick to discard something, and buy it new again, but what if we turned this around, and really restored what we currently own. My son’s uncle found him a bike as his first bike. He just outgrew it, and we found another bike, someone tossed out. He’s currently on this bike, and recently the chain broke. Instead of tossing it, my husband went to a local bike shop and replaced the chain. Coming home from a friend’s home the other night, we found two more bikes (after Christmas) that someone must have outgrew. We picked them up, and they are more young teen bikes, that he’ll have when he outgrows the ride he has now.
And that’s pretty great. We were able to recycle someone else’s bike, and instead of contributing to more garbage, add to our bike collection. When my daughter outgrows these bikes, we’ll pass them onto another child. And knowing my husband, they will be oiled up, without issues, and ready to go for many more miles.
This morning, I ran in my old sneakers again. I ran through a short portion of a woody area, and knowing it would be wet, I opted for my old pair again. And this time around, instead of throwing them back into the garage, I wiped them down, and became determined to still take great care of them.
(Keeping these brand new babies perfect until forever.)
What if the clothes, bathing suits, pots and pans, books, and rugs, and beds and sheets lasted you LONGER than usual. What if they lasted you extra long, so that replacing them would not be necessary. What if you could use them forever and ever and never spend another $1 on something – if you just took strong care of it.
We own so much, and we are so quick to buy new. Yet, how much mulla could we all save by doing the opposite?
What can you save today? What can you take care of right now? What are some items that you could restore and perhaps use, or maybe sell? What habit can you institute today? What do you love and wish it would last forever? How can you take better care of what you already own so that your wealth grows?
I know the jump from taking care of your sneakers to becoming a millionaire may be a far reach, but the relationship is strong. The wise decisions and habits you put together and live out on the daily, are the same habits that build up savings and assets and mindset and accounts. It’s the same wise actions that continue to motivate a wealth creation and savings mindset. These are the same habits that allow a person to stop and think before taking an action. It’s the same wise decisions that help a person stay on track versus veer off to the wrong path. Taking great care of the small, tiny, minuscule items, are the building blocks for creating a big, life-changing and free life.
Cheers to all who is putting in an effort to getting this done, and teaching others to do the same.