Our newest book of interest. Your Money or Your Life by Vicki Robin and Joe Dominguez.
Scott and I are always looking for ways to be frugal and happy. This book makes you think about what you really value, and how much "life energy" you are spending on things that do not make you feel happy.
I am going to give brief notes on things that are of interest to us while we are reading this time....
The first thing that hit me was this from Chapter 1.
"What do we do when we are depressed, when we are lonely, when we feel unloved? More often than not we buy something to make us feel better. A new outfit. A drink (or two). A new car. An ice cream cone. A ticket to Hawaii. A bag or Oreos (or two).
When we want to celebrate good fortune, we buy something. A round of drinks. A catered wedding. A diamond ring. A bouquet of roses.
When we are bored, we buy something. A magazine. A cruise. A board game.
When we think there must be more to life, we buy something. A workshop. A self help book. A therapist. A house in the country.
None of this is wrong. It is just what we do. We have learned to seek external solutions to signals from the mind, heart and soul that something is out of balance. We try to satisfy essentially psychological and spiritual needs with consumption at a physical level. How did this happen?"