We can Be Happy with who we are and what we have. We can grow into ourselves, and become content with who we are and what we have. Then we no longer need brand name clothing, or more money, to define ourselves. Enough just looks different when we are happy within ourselves. Happiness doesn’t come from wealth, perfect looks or even a perfect relationship. Happiness is a choice that comes from within.
We can re-define how much is enough. It was quite interesting when I was sailing up the Queensland coast in company with two other boats; each ‘boat’ had a different idea of how much was enough. The people off one boat would start talking about needing a job and some more money when they had a few coins left in their pockets. We started talking about needing to stop for awhile and work when we were down to our last hundred dollars and the third boat load of people started to become concerned when they still had quite a few hundred dollars of cash left in their pockets. Everyone’s idea of what is enough or necessary is different, and can change as our attitude changes.
We can stop trying to keep up. The truth is, there will always be someone who makes more money, or has a bigger car, or better label clothes, more friends, more stuff. . . . It is an un-winnable race, that ties us and our lives up. We are each unique, and have our own special talents and skills to share. Measure success based on personal progress alone, not that of others. We don’t need others to dictate how we live. Everything in life is not going to be perfect, and that’s perfectly all right!
We can re-define what is necessary. Clutter has a way of sucking the life energy out of us and replacing it with feelings of chaos and of being weighed down. Clutter is often an unrecognized source of stress that promotes overwhelm, frustration, distraction and even guilt. De-clutter now. Remember, if it hasn’t been used in the past 6 – 12 months or you don’t absolutely love it, then re-purpose it, give it away or sell it and turn it into cash.
We can Eat Real, Nutritious Food by re-learning some of the old skills, researching food sources and eating more home prepared food. Learn what grows seasonally and locally. We can grow as much food as possible ourselves. Don’t be limited by the size of outdoor space available; container gardening has become very popular. Simple, sustainable living is about reducing dependence on someone else to supply our needs.
Food used to be something we ate to nourish and heal ourselves. Now food is produced for profit rather than the health and well-being of people. The evidence of this is showing up more and more with each passing year. Begin eating less from prepackaged, processed ‘foods’. Eat foods as Nature intended, not as man has manipulated, in greed for profits.
What we eat directly impacts our mood and energy levels, both to our advantage and disadvantage. Present day research and experience is proving without a doubt that there is a connection between what we consume and how we think, feel and act.
Practice Gratitude. The more aware we become of the beauty in our lives, the more beautiful our lives will become. Contrary to popular belief, happiness and contentment doesn’t come from fame, fortune, other people, or material possessions. It comes from within us. We will have a deeper sense of contentment if we count our blessings instead of yearning for what we don’t have. There’s a popular saying that, “The happiest people don’t have the best of everything; they just make the best of everything they have.”
Happiness and contentment is a feeling, an attitude, a state of mind, and as such can not be purchased or given. It must be chosen. We can choose to be Happy and Content Living Better on Less, or not, the choice is ours.
What would you do differently if you thought you were enough and had enough right now?
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