Last night I was reading through my previous posts and came across that post again and read the comments....one in particular struck a chord with me and put it into perspective again...
Sara, from Speaking of Simplicity wrote:
Sharon,Hello. It's me your fellow simplicity seeker here. I read your post and immediately identified with the feeling of wanting things, nice things. I don't want this to sound judgmental because I'm exactly the same way. But just think about this. There will ALWAYS be more to want. If you get all that stuff there will be more stuff that appears that tugs on your heart and begs to be acquired. You have been so incredibly blessed with the good fortune to be able to pay everything off in one fell swoop. If you start right up spending every penny you've freed up you might have a hard time reigning things back in and staying on track with your savings goals. Wouldn't it feel great (I wouldn't know because I don't do it) to live beneath your means and have extra cash that just sits there giving you the options and financial freedom we all crave?When I'm having a hard time keeping my desires in check, keeping a gratitude journal really helps me recognize how much I already have, and the "wants" kind of quiet down. Hope this isn't too harsh sounding. I really don't mean to be. I just hear myself in your words and I know that I struggle every day with money and spending vs saving and it's not always a happy place to be.
I met Sara a year ago when I joined a simplicity group. I truly enjoyed the group and every time I was able to meet with them, it centered me back to what was truly important in life. I miss it, but unfortunately it ended shortly after it started as we weren't able to find a good time to meet that worked for all of us, so it slowly dwindled. I would love to have it again...Sara???
In any event, as I read her comment once again, I relaxed. Yes, Sara, you are so right. We all want things. It's comforting to know others struggle with this very thing and understand, and I'm grateful to have her remind me of how blessed we are, and that I can certainly wait until I have the cash to do this. Thanks again, Sara.