I’m learning….or perhaps realizing…that life is a series of choices.
This year I’m making choices that make me happy.
Last night I chose going to the gym and then coming home and walking the dogs as it was getting dark and then savoring the delicious chili that Kenny had made when he got home from work, rather than going to the library to rug hook. By doing this I was able to savor these wonderful parts of my day that I really look forward to, rather than getting home and being a hag and being all “hurry up…we’ve got to walk the dogs and do this and do that because I have to be here or there at this certain time”. It was nice to come home and enjoy the walk at the park and then have a cocktail with yummy chili and then curl up and watch “The Fashion Show” and really luxuriate in the moment.
Work has been slow, so I’ve chosen to take a couple of vacation days and be at home rather than sitting at work with little to do.
This morning I’m choosing to have a healthy breakfast and some coffee while I get caught up with my favorite blogs.
Then I’m going to put on some clothes that make me happy
I read an article the other day about “enough-ism”
I feel like I have everything I need….don’t get me wrong, I still like to shop, but it’s easier for me to get rid of things in my life that aren’t working or that I’m not using. I don’t feel the need to “hold on” to lots of “stuff”.
Then, from the same website where I read about enough-ism, low and behold they have an article about “being-ness”, that I’m sharing with you here.
The questions that I hear most after the holidays are:
1. What did you get?
2. Where did you go?
3. What did you do?
It seems to me that our current economy is fed by our answers to these 3 questions:
“I got all the stuff that I saw advertised that I believed that I had to have;” “I went to Tahiti to escape the winter weather and to acquire a nice golden tan that all my colleagues would be envious of;” “I did as many water sports as I could and saw as many sights as possible so that I would have some great photos to post on my Facebook page.”
Hmmmm. Was this all really for me or was it just out of my “need” to keep up with the Joneses? Who are the Joneses anyway and why should they have anything to do with how we present ourselves to the world?
What if we were to take a step back for a moment and explore our “being-ness” – who we are and how we “be” in the world. If for only a moment we could not be doing something, not thinking about what we are going to do next, what we are going to buy next, what we are going to consume next. But to just be with who we are.
What would it be like if each of us were to truly “be” with our authentic selves in each moment? To “be” without any regard to what the Joneses are doing or thinking about us. Would we entertain the same desires? Would we wear the same clothes? Would we drive the same cars? Would we hang out with the same friends? Would we work the same jobs? Would we discover that we have fewer needs? And if we discovered that we had fewer needs, could we work less hours? And if we all consumed less (due to fewer needs) and worked less hours, might this lead to a more balanced economy?
Just something to think about,