there’s a movement going on old bean!
and it’s exciting!
but first. some thoughts about why we needed this movement.
in the 80’s there was a catch phrase from a popular movie that described the era.
” GREED IS GOOD “
our country bought into that mindset by leaps and bounds.
we had for years actually.
but it really caught steam in that era.
and it has only strengthened ever since.
then along with the internet and the technological age we happily helped almost
every other civilized society on this planet to buy into it too.
every kid in the world with a cell phone taking selfies suddenly wanted to be a
or to at least live like one.
SELL SELL SELL
BUY BUY BUY
marketing is ancient and good. people have to live after all. it’s part of our life.
and the world’s economy. nobody’s arguing that.
THIS marketing was to be different. the marketing of the westernized world
it has an agenda.
its whole nature and soul purpose
to make you discontented with your own life.
it tries to make you think you need THIS or THAT and MORE of everything
and that somehow . . .
unless you have ALL that you’re ENTITLED TO
that you are somehow . . . DIMINISHED as a person
and your poor children . . . well.
they will be handicapped on the world’s stage.
GUILT sells very well these days.
the world is not run by wise and learned people anymore.
if it ever was! LOLOL!!! even I’M not that naïve !
but now it’s run by worse than fools really.
the world is run now by a HUGE many headed monster called
it has no soul. it cares not about you or your life.
its only care is how much STUFF you will buy with your hard earned money.
it’s agenda is greed.
and it wants you to think that your life is constantly incomplete.
it feeds on your discontent.
when what you really need is only that which fills the requirements of living.
who truthfully needs 80 or 120 or 200 or more pairs of shoes?
who even needs 10? or 5? how many pairs did you have growing up?
when i was little i had two.
one for school. one for “good!” oh… forgot. usually one pair of rubber boots.
even as a teenager i don’t remember anyone owning shoes remotely near the
amount that these girls buy today.
some of them have entire closets just for their shoes!
because most of them have their own room of course with their own private
bathroom and walk in closets! apparently that’s a prerequisite to owning a
home these days too! LOLOL! oh my gosh. but i digress.
there are children walking to school barefoot in some parts of our own
they would look at a closet like that and not even understand the meaning of it.
we all eat
we all sleep
we all bathe . . . well . . . i hope we do!
and we work or DID work for many years to accommodate those needs.
when all is said and done
all the extra STUFF you accumulate along the way . . . the duplicates
and triplicates . . . all the myriads of stuff . . . thrown in and under
and often forgotten at the back of the closet . . .
in boxes and cupboards and drawers and bags
and attics and garages and storage bins
even rented storage rooms like this one below
because of those famous words
” in case we might need it “
can you imagine actually PAYING to keep this every month
year in and year out?
talk about MONEY DOWN THE DRAIN!
your stuff is actually making somebody else
it is now a MULTI ~ BILLION dollar industry in this country.
however NEATLY it might be stored . . . it’s just all so unnecessary.
it’s so unnecessary to the real happiness in life.
the smile on your child’s or your grandchild’s face
the wag of your dog . . . or ANY dog! . . . ALL dogs! LOLOL!
the purr of your cat . . . and just watching the magical little creature it is
the feel of fresh air cooled by the rain
bright sunshine across a clean floor
a walk in the park
or the forest
or on a shore with water lapping at your toes
the sound of the sea
the sound of your favorite music
the taste of a perfectly ripe strawberry
the sparkle of ice in a glass of pure water
the feel of bare feet on a smooth surface
laughter with friends as you share a meal
a stimulating conversation
watching people just being people
the delight of an old movie
losing yourself in a very good book
the pull of creativity . . . the delight in so many ways . . . only a few here . . .
painting or drawing or sculpting
sewing or crocheting or knitting
writing a journal . . . a novel . . . your memoirs
moodling . . . you’ll have to look it up! i only just learned of it myself! LOL
writing a REAL letter to a dear friend and mailing it
taking a delicious nap in the middle of the day
lingering just a bit in the shower after the last rinse of soap
the softness of a fresh towel
children laughing as they play
your teenager’s rare smile . . . like a ray of sunshine LOLOL!
all of these things . . . add to the incredible joy of being alive
and none of it comes or can be stored in a box.
life is full to the brim of all we need old bean!
NOT what THE CORPORATIONS would TELL US WE NEED !!!
ALWAYS REMEMBER . . . THEY are SELLING.
for true joy . . . get rid of the STUFF . . . and the debt.
so many wonderful people are drowning in it all and are exhausted by it.
and for what?
to open a drawer or a garage door or an attic and to just be overwhelmed.
find the true joy
find the true contentment of living a small life
we talk a lot about the simple life here at the peanut.
it’s a subject we all love. and those who don’t . . . well. they’re very kind!
but truly. most peanut readers already KNOW the joy!
they already live the simple life with less stuff.
or they’re are on their way to living it now!
and about that movement that started this post.
it dawned on me there’s something i’ve been noticing all over the web.
i had noticed it in the past few years . . .
it’s gaining in a real momentum!
and it’s NOT a fad.
it’s a total change in the way of life for people.
a new mindset of what’s important.
thanks to ALL of us who love the simple life and have shared about it
for so long . . . as once oddballs and misfits from the ‘norm’
it seems that now it has taken on a life of its own!
whether it’s labeled . . . and i have never liked labels . . .
people are awakening in great numbers to the fact that we’ve all been sold a
sad bill of goods. for FAR TOO LONG.
and that bill of goods comes with a high price.
sometimes broken homes because of heavy debt.
sometimes just the feeling people have that they’re drowning in STUFF!
it’s not just the money. but the harm in our very spirit for living old bean!
we are turning away from GREED.
from MATERIALISM. from INGRATITUDE.
thousands of young people today are opting for LESS.
young professionals. young parents.
and they’re blogging about it and instagraming and making videos!
they’re TALKING ABOUT IT! with each other! and with us!
and with anyone who will listen.
they are teaching each other. and they’re happy!
they don’t want all their parents’ housefuls of stuff.
they don’t want the mac mansions.
they don’t need material stuff to make or keep memories.
they don’t own closets full of clothes. or shoes.
they love to travel and explore new cultures.
they take selfies instead of buying knick knacks and souvenirs!
they want to experience
they are finding joy in natural and wonderful non material ways.
they’re raising children to not expect a windfall of gifts at christmastime.
they’re travelling without a ton of luggage.
they’re keeping house with only what is needed.
they are inspiring to say the least!
and in its own way . . . i hope
this post might also inspire anyone NEW to the peanut and new to the idea
of LESS IS MORE.
and to encourage you to clear and unclutter and donate and BREATHE in your
new space! for it really WILL feel NEW!
it will feel spacious. and elegant. and beautiful.
and to inspire you to join us here
in the contented life of wanting and needing very few material possessions.
to still have beauty around us but to find it in the few rather than the many.
it’s a lighter footprint we leave old bean.
it’s better for us and for our children . . . and our grandchildren
and the future of our planet.
it’s just altogether a lovely way to live.
you will love it too!
catch the wave!
this breathtaking wave courtesy of surf photographer clark little
til soon old bean