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July 15th, 2010 at 09:57 pm

I've settled into a very mellow rhythm the past few months, buying used things instead of new. It's more than a money-saving strategy to me; it's a philosophy. It's about contentment for myself, confidence in myself, and respect for the environment.

I felt odd walking through the mall yesterday, to pick up the present that everyone voted to get for my boss. New things have taken on an aura of disappointment and sadness and insecurity. I notice it more and more lately. Maybe it's a little strange. I came home from the mall feeling inadequate for the first time in months.

Old things have an aura of authenticity and contentment and patience and respect; I like to surround myself with those feelings.

5 Responses to “contentment”

  1. dtjunkie Says:

    Nice! I'm trying to get to find that rhythm myself. Smile

  2. creditcardfree Says:

    Sounds like a good thing all around!

  3. ceejay74 Says:

    "New things have taken on an aura of disappointment and sadness and insecurity." I know EXACTLY what you mean! When I hear someone planning on buying something new to make some big change in their life, I feel kind of sorry for them. Because many times they subconsciously feel that the purchase itself IS the big change, so then they don't do the work that goes along with the purchase (or could have been done WITHOUT the purchase) to make that big change happen. People buy things they think are going to help them feel better about themselves, but too often they don't.

  4. Jerry Says:

    Purchases are not what leads to satisfaction or contentment... but that doesn't mean that people will stop trying to find it at the mall. The main insurance for avoiding disappointment, sadness and security is to largely avoid those kinds of situations entirely! Nothing good can come from those kinds of comparisons with others, anyway.

  5. Jerry Says:

    Um... I meant "INsecurity." =/

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