Tuesday, November 3, 2009

On a scale of 1 - 10, What's your #?

Perhaps the world was made round
so that no one could see too far ahead

Watched this movie over the weekend. What a grand illustration of two very different philosophies of life that - if I had to summarize them in my own words - I suppose I'd use these...


Nothing is worth owning because whatever you own - ends up owning you.



There are some things in life worth owning .... & they come with a price.

It all has had me thinking....if, on a scale of 1 - 10, his philosophy is a 1 & hers is a 10 - what about me? What's my number?

Hmm ... I guess I'd have to say, I'm a "5" ... forever attempting to achieve that oh so difficult to achieve "perfect balance".

....tho' honestly - I've suppressed a sense of adventure in exchange for - safety, satisfaction & security - & I kinda think I'd like to be a 2 - but that would require exercising some courage to willfully give up some of those things we own that cost us dearly, yet make me feel so safe, satisfied & secure ...

How about you?

Does "your number" reflect both who you are AND who you want to be? - - or are they different?

Just curious.


Scattering Lupines said...

WHOA! This is me and Hubby! He is 1and I am probably a 10, although I would like to work more on being a 5. Hubby thinks all money beyond what is necessary to spend on necessary bills and groceries should be SAVED (in my opinion, hoarded). And I think we should save half of extra money and put half toward gradually acquiring and replacing things like furniture and nice lamps.

I believe in having minimal but high quality possessions :) He believes in having minimal cheap possessions. However, I am also a believer that it is not ALWAYS true that the price has to reflect the quality. I love flea markets, garage sales, outlet malls, and CLEARANCE items. One of my favorite paintings came froma garage sale.

Yiota said...

I think I'm a 5 too. I don't want to be hooked to the work-more-to-have-more idea. I would gladly compromise with fewer luxuries (the bare essentials are really so few, aren't they?) if I could just pack a bag and hit the road. But then again I do like my books, magazines, clothes etc, etc...

MyStory of HiStory said...

Hi Lupine... well - they say opposites attract! I love how you explained you & your husband here...I guess bc I've long attempted the "balancing act" I can relate to both of you to some degree - but - if it makes you feel any better ... being a "5" isn't "all that" either - for one thing, it's SO HARD TO DO :)

& Yiota...Amen(!) to your comment re: the bare essentials. I don't want to "buy into" work more to have more either. I've learned that it's not all it's cracked up to be.

The 4 Bushel Farmgal said...

Kudos on the thought-provoking post! I love it!

SO hard to answer this. Well, I think I'm in the range around 3.5 and I'm aiming to be a two. I like minimalism, although there are things I could never part with.

Most everything I own is secondhand - Handed down, Goodwill, scavenged roadside or behind a dumpster. So I could say that MOST of it doesn't own me.

Partly because I don't want to add more junk to the Earth than it already supports. Partly because the older stuff is usually better anyway. And it's just not worth going into debt for more stuff.

Also, because it's more fun ;)

MyStory of HiStory said...

Hi Farmgal... Hmmm - you've got me curious about what those things may be that you could never part with. Perhaps there's a topic for a future post?! :)