Simple Life - it can be the best
A frugal person can be happy with a simple life. It's a life management style that is sustainable and easy to manage. Many of us live lives that are unwieldy and complex in many respects.
Sometimes we wonder how did we get so wrapped up in all the complexities, schedules, projects and stress. If you're looking for the person responsible for all of that, I suggest you look in the mirror.
The responsible party is usually the one staring back at us.
I'll offer a couple of quotes that put this into perspective.
- Elvis Costello said it very well when he sang: “I feel like a juggler running out of hands.”
- Henry David Thoreau also said it very well: “Keep your business under your thumb nail.”
It pays to simplify at every opportunity. Simplifying your life allows you to focus on what is important to you - family, career, your own enterprise, self investment.
Focus is the best way to make things happen. What you want doesn’t happen by accident, it happens because you are focused on it. If you live a simple life, then you can focus on what really matters to you.
In the absence of focus, we have distractions, and distractions don't pay well. In fact, they usually cost us dearly.
One of the drawbacks in our busy and distracted life is we rarely have time to focus on life itself. We're often too busy with working.
Wouldn't it be nice if a simple life would lead us to a better life because we had time to slow down and enjoy life for a while? That's been my experience.
I've never once regretted leisurely breakfast and coffee at my neighbor's house. I never thought that "the Dude" had one too many "dog wrestles" with his buddy Tugger.
It's the old rhetorical question, "What do you want on your headstone?" Something like "I wish I had spent more time at work" isn't what people think of first. A friend of mine said that her dying mother told her that perhaps she shouldn't have spent so much time cleaning.
I don't support the idea of living in filth, but I'll never be accused of spending too much time cleaning. Coffee and "dog wrestling" are much higher on my list of priorities.
Done with Simple Life, back to Are You Frugal