- The continuing global financial instability, with rising unemployment often from companies downsizing their workforce to increase profits and lack of wage increases for the average person. This is pushing many people to live on a tighter and tighter budget. Many people now need to re think their needs and what is important to them.
- High personal debt affects many people who have been living beyond their means, particularly during the last economic booms, but are now beginning to find the pressure of rising debt is not a recipe for a stress free and happy life.
- People are choosing to leave a smaller environmental footprint out of a concern for the Earth and future generations. They understand that wiser and smaller consumption equals less depletion of the earth’s natural resources and they are choosing to make a difference, by living more consciously.
- Consumerism is still alive and well. Advertisers continue to tell us that our next purchase will bring us the good feelings and satisfaction we seek. But there is a growing movement of awakening people who are beginning to see through the falsehood of these claims. They have tried finding happiness through possessions during the world’s latest economic boom… and have been left unfulfilled.
For what ever reason, more and more people are embracing ‘Living Better on Less’.
But ask 5 people what it means to live ‘Better on Less’ and you’ll likely get 5 different answers. That is because Learning to Live Better on Less is a personal journey of learning, relearning and lifestyle adjustments. It’s about intentional living; evaluating and reevaluating our choices and ideas. Our idea about what is important and valuable is not necessarily the same as our family, friends, or neighbors.
It is said that Fear has only two causes: the thought of losing what we have or the thought of not getting what we want.
Living Better on Less doesn’t need to mean a life of self denial, it simply means being okay with what we already have and making an adjustment in what it means to live a successful, fulfilling Life.
We can’t deny that corporations have taken control of our jobs, our economy, our government, and our environment. But I think people are becoming tired of feeling powerless against “big business”…. and are finding their voices and taking a stand. Buying less and saving more is a step towards taking a stand. For too long we as a society have believed the lie that money and stuff equal power. I say that true power is found in our ability to take care of ourselves and each other. This requires intentional living, personally informed choices and a desire to reclaim our own power and birthright
Living Better on Less offers a life with less stress, less distraction, more freedom, more personal power and choices and more time. All things that people today are searching for.
“The Earth provides enough to satisfy every man’s need, but not every man’s greed.” – Mahatma Gandhi
What if we decided to accept the idea that there is already enough? What if we started resisting the lure of consumerism and instead, we started to become content with who we are and what we have?
-We could simply live with less. Do we really Need 20 pairs of jeans and 20 pairs of shoes? After all we only have one body and two feet to put them on. I find that I mostly wear the same few clothes over and over, no matter how full my wardrobe is.
-We could learn to create, hem, repair, personalize and re-purpose our own clothing.
-We can learn to produce food for our own needs.
-We could make our own entertainment!
-We could retreat to nature rather than a shopping mall.
-We could Stop thinking that our children must be entertained. They seem to be loosing the art of entertaining themselves.
Call it Living Better on Less, Sustainable Living or Minimalism –
what does it mean to you?
What is important and valued in your Life?