{31 Days of Living Simply} Day 19 ~ There Will Always Be Something Else

{31 Days of Living Simply} Day 19 ~ There Will Always Be Something Else

Whenever I think I have to have something or that I’ve found a deal I can’t pass up, I remind myself that there with always be something else. Something newer and shinier. The newest best things today are tomorrow’s Goodwill donations. Target will always have a clearance rack, Goodwill will always have $5 jeans, yard sales will always have household stuff for $1, and there will always be catalogs with nice things in them making what I have now look like old news.

I can find a deal next week, next month, next year. I can’t get time back with the people who matter most. There won’t always be kids doing firsts, and moments that they want to be hugged are slipping away much too quickly. I’ll take a clearance deal another day. Today, I’m soaking up the things I won’t be able to find in a store next week.

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  1. Thank you for a beautiful, thought-provoking post.

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  2. You are so right and it took me a long time to realize it. AND still sometimes I have to stop and redirect myself to spend time with someone who is important.

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  3. stab me in the heart! i need to reminded daily about this…probably hourly. thanks. i love this series!

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  4. Ohhh great point! I RARELY shop but i feel like I missing something if i miss a big yard sale. But there will always be something else! Love it

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  5. I was just thinking about this the other day. You are so right! I’m loving this series.

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  6. Thank you for this reminder! :)

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  7. So true. I keep telling my husband, the secret to happiness is hanging out with people who have less than you : ) i find when I am surrounded by those who have latest and the greatest, it is only then, I see how meager my offerings seem to be. Something to work on for sure.
    Dana

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    Kait Palmer Reply:

    That is great advice to remember1

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  8. I was just saying to my husband last night,”You know we only have 52 Sundays with him as a 12 year old. 52 as a 13 year old…” We need make the most of each day.

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  9. Such lovely words! How right you are that we should cherish the important moments now! As for me, I usually give the kids pajamas on Christmas Eve, and one toy they really, really want on Christmas Day. During the year I am mindful to what my loved ones are saying about simple things they need (slippers, robe, dishes,etc) and give it to them for Christmas, birthday, etc. That way they get something they want and can use.

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  10. So true. We like to fill our time with needless things, don’t we? We forget the people at home in favor of those things that we think we need right now. Great blog!

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  11. One thing that helps me get away from needing the newest thing or somethign I hadn’t realised I ‘needed’ until I saw it in a flyer is to put a ‘No Junk Mail/No unadressed mail’ sticker on my letter box. That way I don’t get the flyers to make me feel like I ‘need’ more than I am happily living with right now.

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  12. Emily, you are on a roll! All of these posts have been so great.

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  13. So true. I just need to remember it next time I see a great deal!!

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  14. Ouch! This one only hurts because it hit the mark for me. Only yesterday, I wanted to buy a chandelier at an antique mall that the gal was willing to give me for 15% off…my hubby wouldn’t let me buy it because our finances are tight. I let that disappointment ruin half my day! Finally I heard a song on KLove that said “I don’t want to gain the whole world, and lose my soul” and I remembered that it’s not about gaining THINGS, anyway. It was a gentle reminder that I shouldn’t let THINGS make or break my day.

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  15. Thank you SO much for your thoughts on this! I have absolutely loved your 31 day series! Can’t wait to hear more!

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  16. Yep…this one got me. As we’re toiling and working the hard, hard work of moving out of debt, today was a defeated day. A day where I didn’t even want to leave the house because all I would come across would be things that I want…even little things…that I can’t buy. Sometimes it feels like we’ll never see even a shred of financial freedom ever again…
    BUT…you’re right…there will always be a sale tomorrow or in a year or 5 years. But my kids will only be small once…thanks for that.

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  17. This is such a shocking reminder of what I am just finally beginning to truly adhere to. I’m just sorry it’s taken me so long to get there. I recently did a post on passing up the bargains that I thought were making me happy but, in fact, have proven quite the opposite. Would you mind if I included your quote the next time I blog about my goals?

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