Tuesday, July 22, 2014

The Simple Life, Peace of Heart, and Economics

I have been simplifying life since I first read about fabric softener being a by product of petroleum.  That was in 2006.  That simple article led me down a path I knew I would be comfortable in.  I dragged my husband - sometimes kicking and screaming - down the path with me.

It's not that I didn't enjoy the simple life in the past.  We lived in the country when our eldest was born.  That's when I learned how to can and budget and cook from what appeared to be nothing.  But, when my husband got a great job, we packed up and moved thinking we were advancing in our economic life.  What a mistake that was.  We lived on that premise for years until illness took over our lives and I was thankful that blackberries grew on our land.  I stopped spending money on paper towels and anything fancy dancey.  I was on the path at that time, I just wasn't aware of it.  I was so busy being a care giver, I only fell into bed at night thanking God for another day with my family.

One thing I should clear up is I have always been frugal and kept a balanced budget.  So I think I had a good head start, without realizing it.

Realization set in when I read the fabric softener article.  Then the long road of a simple life style began.  Simple, meaning I had to look at every aspect of life.  Every detail of every move we made each day.  But, one thing I'm confident about is when I make up my mind, I just do it.  Simple was different from frugal.  Simple included thinking about what I thought I needed.  Did I need two closets of clothes?  Even though all of them were bought on sale.  Did I need kitchen appliances I used once or twice a year cluttering up my cupboards?  I didn't think so.

 In 2007 I relieved my cupboards of all things unneeded.  Since I was in a forced retirement, I took a lot of nice work clothes to a thrift shop.  That's when another light bulb went off.  If I take my nice clothes to the thrift shop, others must too.  And, this  began my thrift shop adventures for my clothes.  I needed casual clothes, not too many though.  My first find was a pair of Loft jeans.  I was hooked!  To this day I refuse to cram my closet with clothes that may never see the light of day.  Yet, I'm more content now than when I was making quite a bit of money on a government contract and had multiple choices in my closets.  I'm content because I have traveled down the simple life road.

The two words, content and simple, when put together have great meaning.  Together they make the words 'peace of heart'

Stay safe.

1 comment:

  1. Jeff Smith, the Frugal Gourmet (may he rest in peace), once said that being frugal doesn't mean being cheap. It means getting the very best you can for the money.