Welcome to Day 8 of 31 Extraordinary Days to Be… Or…simply: Be…
Together, we will learn to Be… to live fully and beautifully in our “skin”
and in our homes and beyond. If you missed The Introduction or you’d like
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I was getting ready to write this post when I started scrolling through my inbox.
As I deleted this e-mail and that, I was thinking about how important it is to choose to be content. And then there was an e-mail from Pottery Barn.
It’s been several years since I’ve lived near a Pottery Barn. But, because I see so many people finding inspiration from Pottery Barn and doing knock-offs, I thought that I’d allow Pottery Barn to visit my inbox. What’s interesting…I rarely open their e-mails. But for some reason, I did today.
As I glanced through their online catalog I thought to myself, “If I were able to purchase this…and that…and oh yes, that too…I could create a lovely autumn vignette. If only….”
Actually, I didn’t keep that thought very long. But, I must tell you that sometimes when I see the loveliness that many bloggers create with things recently purchased from their favorite shops I have a twinge of jealousy. I sometimes wish I could do that too.
Wouldn’t it be fun to decorate with some mercury glass pumpkins, or vases, or votive candleholders?
Images: Pottery Barn
Maybe these wooden candlesticks or vintage styled wine jugs would make a stunning moment?
Images: Pottery Barn
What if I could get it all? I could create something fabulous and add in some fresh natural branches and leaves and pods and gourds. And yes…it would be fun…and yes…all that goodness would create a stunning moment.
But, that’s not my reality. And that is okay. Absolutely okay.
You see, it’s so easy to look around and see all the pretty, shiny, new things displayed in stores, or even here on the web, and want every one. We can quickly think our house, full of stuff, doesn’t measure up for any number of reasons.
I’m here to let you in on a little secret.
One of the best ways for me to not want the latest pretty is to stay home, or go for a nature walk. Sure at first it can be a little hard to avoid stores, but it doesn’t take long to get used to not shopping for fun or entertainment. Eventually you’ll have the opportunity to shop, with or without money to spend, and when you go back into the marketplace you will be totally overwhelmed with all the doodads and whatnots displayed under lights.
We now live in an area with lots of shopping close by. I thought I’d cruise through a few stores for fun, since I hadn’t done it for a long time. Surprisingly, it wasn’t all that fun. All that stuff tired my brain….the worst was Bed, Bath and Beyond.
I can’t say I have achieved contentment. But, I am much more content when it comes to stuff than I have ever been. And yes, sometimes I get a little green with envy when I see something amazing someone has done with purchased items. Mostly, I’m excited for them and what they have been able to accomplish. That really does feel good.
Just as I said yesterday, there’s freedom in being.
When we choose to be content we find freedom.
If we choose to be content, we also find rest. And rest is one of the most needed things in our lives. We doers are moving and thinking continuously. We need to rest our weary minds and bodies. We need to choose to be content. Believe me, I know this too well.
Day 8 Challenge: Do you struggle with stuff envy? Have you ever thought about or taken a shopping sabbatical? We have about a month before the holiday season kicks in. This would be a good time to take a vacation from shopping. If you choose to be content and choose to step back from shopping, share it in the comments below, or on Facebook here.
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