The scraggly-haired guys running the espresso machine got my order wrong first time, but they are playing good roots rock. So all’s good.
Archives for August 2010
I *heart* The Simple Dollar blog. Blogger Trent Hamm writes daily about saving money, staying out of debt and most importantly how to enjoy life simply, without a lot of stuff.
Not too long ago he wrote a post called “48 Things Frugality Has Taught Me” which I immediately coped into my journal. It’s just a simple list of insights, some more profound than others. His first item, “I really like sun tea” reminds me of the scene from Amelie where she dips her hand into a barrel of dry beans and talks about enjoying life’s simple pleasures.
Other are a little more universal. Number 15 especially hit home with me:
“Every time I let go of something I used to like, I have more room for the things I enjoy now.”
Truer words were never written. That’s been a hard lesson for me and one that has been especially relevant this year. I’ve had to give up a lot of the things I enjoy. And in fact, I’ve had to give up some things that I thought I’d never want to do without. Fun things. But it’s so true. There’s only so much room in your life for hobbies, interests, and stuff. After a while, you’re just full up.
But item 15 is balanced against, number 12:
Real friends keep in touch no matter where your path leads.
Your friends are your friends no matter what. There’s always room for your real friends, even if you don’t have time to see them as often as you used to. They are there in your psyche, a background presence even when they aren’t physically present.