A Simple Life

Not wanting something is as good as possessing it.

Bealtaine Cottage, Ireland

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“A simple life is not seeing how little we can get by with—that’s poverty—but how efficiently we can put first things first. . . . When you’re clear about your purpose and your priorities, you can painlessly discard whatever does not support these, whether it’s clutter in your cabinets or commitments on your calendar.”

Victoria Moran

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Frugality is one of the most beautiful and joyful words in the English language, and yet one that we are culturally cut off from understanding and enjoying. The consumption society has made us feel that happiness lies in having things, and has failed to teach us the happiness of not having things. ~Elise Boulding

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Yesterday, I found myself with two juicers.

Through fortune and kindness, my life had become too full, and so I gave one away, to a friend who needs to take good care of her health.

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She was delighted and…

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5 thoughts on “A Simple Life

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  2. I love the Victoria Moran quote. I have saved it. I believe in frugality. Not in cheapness. I had so many “discussions” with the last husband about it. I did not need to accumulate things I could not use so have always given things away. He was concerned that we should make some money from it. I told him you cannot out give God. The more you give, the better the life. In the end, he almost got it. By the same sense, when dining out, if you can’t afford to tip nicely, stay home and cook. Especially if the service was good. I love coming here. Thank you.


  3. I am very fortunate in that my own Mother before me set an example that taught me many things, among them was how to be sensibly frugal and to be an efficient manager of time. It was her nature to be as she was, but starting her household during the Great Depression reinforced her purposes.


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