I’ve been reading this blog, Far Beyond the Stars, a blog about living minimally, and the quote “less stuff more living” came to mind.
That’s how a family in Denmark described their life, after an interviewer commented on how small their home was. A home half the size of the average home in the US, without a lot of stuff, but a home none the less, and one that seemed quite comfortable for a husband, wife and two kids.
That interview happened quite awhile ago, but that statement has stuck in my mind all this time. (It also came up while talking with the couple from Germany we met at the Aureole Wine Weekend.)
It just got me thinking about how materialistic we have become in the US. Even myself, although I don’t consider myself overly materialistic, or one who strives to impress anyone. Yeah, we have a lot of the usual stuff, including a 52″ wide screen LCD TV, with built in surround sound (we watch a lot of TV), but that’s pretty much the only over indulgence. Oh yeah, there are my two bicycles (which I do get significant use out of), but they’re very likely worth more than the 3 cars I own (at least two of them anyways).
And I almost forgot about our house, which, admittedly is bigger than we need. I would move, but it would likely cost more to do so, but more importantly it would be too upsetting for the cats, and I wouldn’t do that to them.
Beyond that, there isn’t much I would call anything extravagant, and there really isn’t much else I want or crave for, except for maybe a new bike, but I really consider that more a necessity than a luxury.
Okay, I think I’m starting to get a little long winded here, but I wanted to point out that guys blog. I really think it would do everyone a lot of good to follow at least some of his advice.
And on an unrelated [but related to this blog] note, it seems I’ve dodged a bullet for now. I’m happy to report my platelet count is back to within the normal range at 168 thou/cumm. WHEW! Finally after a week of being a nervous wreck, I can at last relax [at least a little].