I often wonder how much I have put off because timing or something was just not perfect. I recently read the book Not Buying It which the author took a pretty drastic step in not buying anything that wasn’t necessary for an entire year. She saved a lot of money, went a little crazy at times but came out of that year adjusting her thoughts from being a consumer to being a citizen. More conscious of the world around her and really getting in touch with herself.
All of these things have led me to really listen and think about my needs vs. my wants. I’m really looking at my world around me and I have abundance even when I feel I don’t. I get to eat a variety of foods every day. I get to choose from a variety of clothing to wear every day (even when I have “nothing” to wear). I get to choose from dozens of books, movies or craft projects with which to fill my time. I have a wonderful husband and two bonus kids to enjoy. Not to mention my dog and cat. We have two cars, two TV’s, two DVD players.
Sometimes I wonder what would happen if I canceled cable and only watched (and read) biographies for a year. If the only surfing I allowed myself to do was limited to one hour per day and only to websites that would enlighten me. If the only food I ate was organic and non processed. If all I drank was water. Sounds kind of limiting and at the same time really simple and free.