Friday, March 12, 2010
Day 1: Buy Nothing
Within two hours of posting yesterday, I was mentally bombarded four different times with things I wanted to go buy.
Walked onto the back porch: "I need to go buy fresh rugs for this porch".
Took a web detour through Amazon: "Man I really need to place an order for more books."
And you know what? I can't even remember the other two. I DO remember how shocked I was that my mind went to purchasing new things exactly 4 times in 2 hours. I would have never been aware of that unless I was on this buying freeze.
Where are all of these consumptive thoughts coming from? And did you notice that I used the word "need" twice? Where did I get the idea that I need these things...because I really don't need them, I just really want them.
This buy nothing thing is a great experiment because it really shows me how much I think about stuff and acquiring stuff. Very eye-opening.
So this morning I have spent lots of time decluttering my master closet of clothes and shoes. I actually think I could go back in there and cull even more. This post really inspires me to keep my wardrobe with only items that are quality, versatile and simple. How liberating!
Then I went through my kitchen and got rid of any excess...bowls, unused items, aprons, small appliances and decorative trinkets. That felt SO good too!
We have two birthdays coming up and I momentarily panicked because I thought, "Oh No! I HAVE to buy them something!" But once I calmed down and thought clearly about it, I have a lovely gift that I know these two people will appreciate and love...and it's a much more thoughtful gift than what I would have purchased.
Finally, a beautiful thing happened this afternoon. I was reminded that a dear friend's little girl went home to be with Jesus two years ago today. And because I know we have extra money right now AND that it won't be going to more stuff for us, I was able to go online and purchase a cheery bouquet of flowers to be sent to their home.
I had tears in my eyes realizing that when I stop thinking about stuff and buying stuff, I really am able to love better.
And that's what it's all about.