The Simple Life

16 11 2008

I’m inspired to write this due to my brother’s post on materialism and consumerism  I couldn’t agree more that we as a country and a world have fallen victim to “Bigger and better” mentality.  I feel that Danielle and I are living a pretty modest lifestyle.  This is due to circumstances and not our choice.  It has on the otherhand showed us that we don’t need a whole bunch of “stuff” to be happy. 

As of 2 years ago, Danielle and I were living the “Good Life”.  We had a home, a new Honda Ridgeline,a newer Pontiac Grand Am, 2 good jobs, Satellite TV with DVR, internet, 2 cell phones, a house phone, and spending cash.  Life was good.  We are currently still living in our home, with a Honda…Accord from 92, a Pontiac Grand Am, 1 job serving and bartending, no TV service, internet and 2 cell phones.  We’ve given up alot lately considering Danielle is going through school. 

I would love to say that when Danielle gets a job as an RN we would be living about the same lifesman-and-dogtyle, but I know that we’ll probably fall victim to the so called “American Dream”.  It’s unfortuneate that we will most likely return to that because we spend more quality time together now then we would with other distractions like TV and Video games. 

I actually spend time in the Word now and time with my wife.  Why is it so hard to let go of the distractions?  What’s really important to us?  If you actually made a chart of how much time in a given week you spend on things, we would all be amazed to see that we spend more time watching “The Office” and “Desperate Housewives” than with our spouses and children.  We spend more time with the dog than with God.  Where are our priorities?

Stuff only distracts you from the reality that you’re really not happy.  “Things” are distractions.  Focus on what you have and how blessed you are, and not what you could have “if only”.  The “if only” syndrome has broken up marriages, caused many suicides, and ruined lifes perspective.  Think about “if only” you didn’t get home safely, or get that mediocre job that is now providing money for your family.  There are plenty of things to be thankful for.




2 responses

16 11 2008
Bruce McIntire

A friend of mine just emailed me one of your articles from a while back. I read that one a few more. Really enjoy your blog. Thanks

18 11 2008

U know? We’ve been without “satellite” for a couple weeks now…and even we’ve realized that without the tv, we definitely enjoy the more simpler things. Just sittin around listening to music with the kids and watching them dance. Watching the cats/kittens play. Talking! lol.
There’s 1 show out of several that we watch that we’ve made a point to catch on every week…but other than that, it all seems so much less important than it used to.
I suppose tv has been a huge “distraction” in this house for far too long.

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