I heard on the news the other day that the two middle weeks of January are the worst of the year for both humans and animals - emotionally and physically. They said we feel worse during those times and everything changes - mood, eating habits, motivation, activity level, etc.
This past Monday was the 3rd Monday of January and supposedly the worst day of the year!
I believe it. Even my kitties are acting different - very different.
The world affects us in ways we can never imagine.
So as my mind wonders I have been thinking about frugal living. Back in the day, people SAVED for new things, fancy things, important things, even every day things. Not so much today. People want and expect immediate satisfaction!!!! That is what gets people in trouble. I remember my parents saving and saving for something and the delayed satisfaction they got was enormous. They were so proud of what they accomplished. It wasn't just I WANT therefore I BUY. I really don't think people today truly appreciate the things the get and the things they experience.
My Daddy always told me "the anticipation is always far greater than the realization" and that is true. So very true.
I remember wanting a bread machine years ago (and spent a chunk on one) and then realized I probably wouldn't use it that much. AND DIDN'T. Yes, I still have it, and I threaten to use it - but don't. I just HAD to have it - my reality, well...…………..
I am sure each of us have had those moments.
I know people who work themselves to the bone just to have that fancy address, or that fancy car, or that membership to ________, or the designer labels. The things become all important and the life that they were given is driven totally by wants, work and greed. They become so in debt for things that won't even matter one day soon, they work their fingers to the bone - for what? IMMEDIATE SATISFACTION.
If I could tell any young person (including my younger self) anything that would stick in the brain - it would slow down, enjoy life's moments (every one of them), think before you spend and DELAY that satisfaction of "stuff" for a while. You will realize it isn't all that important.
We are so perfectly imperfect that is takes many of us a lifetime to see what is so simple and wonderful.
MAKE A LIFE THAT MATTERS. Stuff DOESN'T matter.
Take time to enjoy the simple and lovely moments. Enjoy laughter, friends, family, getting up each day, nature, the taste of ice cream, the feel of a warm blanket, the cuddles of your pets, companionship, the smell of a rose...….......enjoy the simple things and enjoy them thoroughly.
As the saying goes "the little things are actually the biggest things and the ones that matter."
Just my brain ramblings for the day!
Have a blessed day.