RIPR – Living in a world of plenty, many of us struggle to temper our wish for an ever increasing supply of material possessions, our tendency to acquire more, and bigger, and better. In our more thoughtful moments, we try hard to figure out what we really need in this life, what's truly enough. In this encore essay, Jerry Landay reflects on the lessons he has learned about keeping our acquisitive instincts in check.

Jerry Landay has been a news correspondent for ABC and CBS, and a journalism instructor at the University of Illinois. Now retired, Landay lives in Bristol, Rhode Island.

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