A few weeks ago one of my friends dropped by to chat over a cup of tea. She had a lot on her mind about her personal life and life at large, and she poured it out. I hope I was a good listener.
With all that is going on in our universe we had much to talk and think about and to wonder how we fit into the grand scheme. We live in a world of such abundance that it’s pretty hard to justify our extraneous purchases when so many people live even below poverty level.
I couldn’t agree with her more. In fact, on Halloween Day I dropped by Halloween City in my community to pick up a silly hat or scarf so I could assemble even a small costume in order to be part of the neighborhood Trick or Treat night with my grandson and great grandson and their parents.
I lasted about five minutes. Couldn’t find a thing I would spend even a dollar on. So I left, once again with that sick feeling of being surrounded by junk probably manufactured in China by people who don’t have enough to eat, let alone the ability to buy even one of the many luxuries we have in the U.S.
As one of my daughters, once lamented: “It all ends up in the dollar store!”
And the cycle of buying and purging and piling up our landfills starts all over again.
So what are we to do? I don’t know on the grand scale. I don’t have any wisdom here. But I have decided that I will continue to simplify my life–to focus on experiences with my family and friends rather than stuff. To give more of my money away to charities and people who need it rather than adding more to my closets and book shelves.
I can’t change the world but I can change myself and my habits.
“A pretentious, showy life is an empty life; a plain and simple life is a full life.” Proverbs 13: 7 (MSG)
What do you think? I’d love to hear your thoughts on this topic worth considering.