Friday, February 24, 2012

Love what you have...

Just lookin' ahead towards a time when I'm debt free.  I hope that I can keep the same mindset I have now - basically that I already have everything I need.  It just depends on how you look at things!

Sometimes it's hard when pants tear, stains happen, or when holes get worn in things.  I'm already having that problem now (it seems as though the moment I decided to do a spending fast, everything I own decided to deteriorate) - but it doesn't really take much work to mend what I have and keep on using it.

And really, I have everything I need.  MORE than everything I need!  I am very fortunate and blessed to have everything that I do, and filling some superficial need with STUFF just doesn't make any sense when you really stop to think about it.  Our society tries to make us think differently, but we really don't need all of those things that the world tells us we do.

Example - I lost my cell phone on the mountain when snowboarding last weekend.  Luckily I keep a back-up cell phone at home, and I just had to get a new SIM card from T-Mobile.  I had to get all of my friend's numbers again, but it wasn't really that big of a deal.

Sure it's a flip phone, and I have people making fun of me already!  But you know what?  It does what I need it to do - I can use it to reach people, and other people can reach me.  It's a freaking phone, people.  You may be able to play games on yours, check Facebook, pull up Google Maps, etc - but we don't really NEED all of that stuff. 

My phone is just a phone, and it works just fine.  I won't panic if it breaks or if I lose it - I can get another one.  My phone is not an appendage.  And I'm saving about $60 / month by keeping things basic!  I dunno, sometimes I think simplicity is better.

But I digress!

I guess my point is, that we've developed an attachment to stuff.  I'm guilty of it myself, of course!  But I'm trying to change my perspective on it.  Just be aware of it, and think about it.  I think that's a step in the right direction. :)


Anonymous said...

I have a simple phone too. I admit, I get iPhone envy from time to time, but it does cost more! I love this spending fast and want to try and do one of my own. I am slowly working up to the idea. Great thoughts!

Beth B said...

That's great!! The Spending Fast has totally done wonders for me. It's amazing how much those little changes make big differences. :)