I read this article on MSN the other day. It spotlighted three people that have made the choice to live on less than $18,000 per year. I was fascinated that not only did they make it work for themselves but they actually enjoyed it. The one thing in common they all had is they are living their lives on their terms, doing what they want, following their bliss, and letting go of so much in modern society that traps us and stresses us out.
I wrote the other day about my huge money saving shopping trip to CVS . I mentioned in that post that I was not always good with money. I used to spend recklessly...money that I didn't have. It wasn't until I met my husband, who is very good with money, did I start to change my ways. And it was just in the last few years that I really began to see that life is not about having more and more stuff, it is about being happy with what you've got. I think the three people in this article learned that, too.
I think my favorite part of the article is on page 3 where the author wrote this:
A lot depends on your attitude. I emerged from these interviews with a big smile on my face. These three people were so delighted with their lives -- and excited about the future -- that it was positively contagious. I don't think I'll ever live on as little as they do, but knowing how happily they do so makes the prospect of living on a shoestring a lot less scary.
Such a simple concept but so profound. Our attitude towards life and all it throws at us makes all the difference in our happiness, or lack thereof. And, like the author, I, too, know I will probably never live on so little. But I know that, if it were ever to happen, my attitude will strongly determine how I handle it.
I forwarded the article to my Mom and we discussed it a bit. I just wanted to share a bit of what I said:
It took me a long time to learn that. I am so happy I did.
And then the other day one of my high school friends posted this on his Facebook status:
I can't help but think what a more peaceful world this could be if more people could live by these words...
What are some ways you are trying to live a simpler, more authentic life?