Tuesday, September 8, 2009

Abundance


As I opened my journal tonight to write my gratitude list (yeah SWIM goals!), one of the things on my list was abundance. Abundance of food is what I initially wrote, but then I started thinking about how much we have of everything. We are a society of too much, although that is quickly changing thanks to the recession. I have always been someone with waaaayyy too much stuff. My happiness used to be measured in how many shopping bags I carried through the mall (see photo above from Clueless), and although I'm glad those days are behind me, I can't help but think that "too muchness" has since transferred to my love of paper products, apartment decor, and even books.

At the beginning of this year, I claimed "Simplicity" as my theme for the year. As Fall nears and students pack up their bags and head back 2 school, I find myself remembering that theme and spending some time with it. Abundance is a blessing, but too much can get complicated and weigh you down. I want to free myself of too much and learn how to live with less. In short, I want a simpler life.

Remind me of that next time I "ooh" and "aah" over a must-have, okay?? ;-)

11 comments:

Cathi said...

You are absolutely right! I know for me, getting older I crave simplicity and enjoy experiences and people rather than things - it is very freeing...

Kiki said...

Spot on as usual, Carolyn! As I've gotten older, I've learned that free time is the ultimate luxury. Simplicity on all fronts makes for the most free time!

Bonjour Madame said...

I totally agree. Sometimes it's hard to keep this in focus, but I keep trying.

positivelypresent said...

Great post! I definitely want to have more simplicity in my life too, but this is something I really have to work on... One day at a time! :)

Sarah said...

While packing up my house, I really dislike how abundant it is! Too many boxes! This has lead me to be inspired by the freegan lifestyle--acquire what you need for as little financial means as possible. Of course, I don't always follow this notion and splurge from time to time.

Melita said...

i've always been a minimalist (hate clutter) but even i have too much. while there isn't anything wrong with being abundant too much of a good thing can be bad. i really think pink heels is doing amazing things for you ;)

Naturally Jules said...

I agree, there needs to be a balance or the abundance becomes a burden.

Rachel said...

I'm inspired by your transition from abundance to simplicity. I'm attempting that as well... but it's definitely a daily struggle.

For instance. I just moved into my new apartment. and I'm broke. I need certain things for my apartment (like a bath mat). But technically I could do without. So now I ask myself "Can I do without?"

The Everyday Minimalist said...

I am so happy to hear that! :) Simplicity and minimalism doesn't have to be giving up everything you own and humming mantras.

You need to find your balance and I can't wait to hear your journey

Paula said...

Just found your blog and I love love love it! :)

Pink Heels said...

Abundance with balance is the name of the game. Too much of a good thing can quickly turn into a bad thing. I want an abundance of yummy creative food but too much will cause me to turn into a donut. I want an abundance of money but I don't want so much that I slip into spending excessively on stuff I don't need. I want an abundance of friends but I don't want to have too many to spend quality time with. I want an abundance of...balance of all of my abundance. LOL :)