Yesterday was a no-buy day, the day before that too.
I don’t need to buy anything today either, most days we buy nothing – not in person, nor online – except for when market day rolls around, then we simply buy food. We don’t have time for much consuming, we are busy living.
We aren’t forced to watch commercials because we don’t own a television, we don’t receive junk in our mail – upon request, we don’t subscribe to any magazines and billboards are only found in the city.
Most days we have all that we need at home.
We have autumn leaves to entertain us, a garden to winterize, words to keep our minds active and busy, rope to sew, firewood to split and organic coffee to brew.
We have the time for each other.
Are we a bit selfish to not be active players in this game called commerce? The possible answers are yes, no, maybe and sometimes. It all depends on who you ask.
It used to bother me a decade ago when I went a couple of weeks without buying something for myself. When shopping becomes a regular pastime activity, we all know where the excess stuff goes – straight to the closet.
These days I don’t even own a closet and as a budding eco-minimalist I can go months, even years(!), buying nothing more than the essentials. The desire to craft what I/we want and need is greater than the luxurious act of shopping.
Take a day off from buying anything, then make it two days in a row. Go grocery shopping once a week, learn to plan and stock your pantry and cupboards. Then go out into the world, grab your daily routine by the handles of your reusable shopping bag, swing it into the closet and take a break!
Get back to life by going for a walk without technology, make up stories, talk in funny voices or take a nap.
Do what you enjoy, being ever so grateful for the things that you already have.
What “little things in life” are entertaining you today?