Hello People, it has been a wonderful sunny autumn day here, not too hot and a gentle breeze in fact the word would be balmy. Autumn is definitely here as the trees are starting to change colour.
|Autumn is coming!|
I also had a wonderful week with visits or phone calls with dear friends, some who hadn’t been in touch for a while. Also, I had good news of a windfall coming my way. This leads to the title of this post. You all know I want a mobility scooter, this windfall means I can get one within a few weeks or even sooner. The question is do I get a new one or a second hand one? There is enough for a new one, I want a new scooter but do I need a new scooter? It is a difficult question; if I get a second hand one I will have money for other items.
So pondering this I wrote down all the things I might be able to get and thought about whether it was a want or a need. Result: new glasses – want as I still can read fine print, just the distant is blurry or double, lol. So they will be a need eventually; new computer – want purely, there is nothing wrong with the one I got even if it is windows 8, lol; sewing machine, is purely a want, I don’t really need it. Freezer is a want and sort of a need, but I think I will be better off getting a new fridge freezer with a bigger freezing compartment than what I have at the moment. That is not really urgent as there is not much freezing to be done in winter now that I am vegetarian. You get the picture. Oh there is one thing that is a need but I don’t want is a hearing aid! Ha ha! Still doesn’t help me decide whether to get a new scooter though, the advantages of a new one is that they can go faster and further than the older models and they have a 2 year warrantee. That is appealing, more thought is needed.
All this has led me to think about how even if we are living a simple life the mores of our consumer society can rear its ugly head. This was unexpected money and my first thought was how to spend it!! Shame on me! Lol. But then again I am thinking you can’t take it with you when you depart this mortal coil! I have enough already, although I know people think I am tight! For example when my TV broke down at Christmas, I decided to go without. People are so shocked when you say you haven’t TV, I was going to throw my TV out whenever I could get some strong guys to do it as it is one of those old heavy monsters. I am beginning to think I will leave it and let people draw their own conclusions, ha ha.
I have noticed that now that I am consciously trying to live a simple life that I am automatically asking myself when faced with a purchasing decision, "Do I really need this? If I don't NEED it, why do I want it? Are my reasons for wanting it valid, or am I just letting myself get caught up in some mass-culture buybuybuy frenzy?"
There are so few things we actually NEED. Food, shelter, basic clothing, that's about it. Taking care of true NEEDS isn't generally a huge problem, at least not for many of us. It's the things we WANT but don't NEED that are tricky. Sorting out the worthwhile wants - the ones that will truly enhance our lives and bring us joy - from the wants that are just quickly forgotten and create clutter.
Do you struggle with deciding how worthy a want is?
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