Last night I went out with some friends to a fun event, designed to generate sales for some authors. I didn't buy anything, because with Dave retired, I am trying not to spend too much on unnecessary acquisitions.
This morning I woke up thinking about Henry David Thoreau's Walden Pond experiment, and also the Buddhist principle that life is a state of constant suffering because we are never satisfied with what we have. We always need more money, a bigger house, a newer car, a better job....
And then in my emails was a mention of this book about making 2018 your best year. On Amazon the book was only about $14, and I felt that pang of compulsive need (yes, I do cave in to those spontaneous bouts of weakness from time to time!) but I didn't hit the infamous 1-Click Button. Especially after hearing the spiel for the book,(which only left me wishing I were that good with a sales pitch). I was reminded of this morning's earlier ruminations, and I thought, I already have my best life. There's really nothing I feel I'm lacking.
It seems to me we complicate our lives searching for fulfillment and we never find it. Maybe I'm just one of the lucky ones, who doesn't need a lot of material things. The other day we took Dave's wedding band in to get resized and the jeweler immediately launched into hard sell mode; "Look around! Make a list for things you might want for Christmas!" While I like to look at sparkly shiny objects like most primates, I am not gonna request Santa bring me diamonds and rubies for Christmas.
In my quest for simplicity, I am successful much of the time in not giving in to compulsive buying, which is especially hard to do nowadays with online shopping! Instead of a treadmill that will only take up precious space in our small living room and collect dust, a comfortable pair of walking shoes is all I need and we can walk in the park or in our own neighborhood FOR FREE. A lot of this mindset is surely due to being reared by parents who grew up during the Depression, but boy, life in the 21st century is full of temptations my folks couldn't even begin to imagine!
BUT, all that being said for simplicity, I do like to get my money's worth on, say, appliances or linens. I would rather pay a little more for a food processor that will last me 15 years or 500 - thread -count bed sheets that won't wear out in 5 washes. But that's just being practical.
As I conclude this blog entry, TV ads with their festive jingles are enticing me to SPEND SPEND SPEND! Go out and buy! Replace the old, even though there's nothing wrong with it.
No thanks. I'll wait 'til something wears out.