A couple of days ago I was reading yet more blogs about minimalist lifestyles, and came across one called “Be More With Less (life on purpose)”. One post in particular caught my eye – What’s in your purse. (It’s an American blog, can you tell?) Love the picture, by the way – wish I could find a handbag that colour!
Anyway it reminded me of a trick my daughters (now 20 and 23) have adopted to remind themselves of the essentials when they leave the house. They chant “glasses, money, phone”. These being the essential, irreplaceable things that they will always need. Sometimes they will add other items, such as tickets (if travelling or going to the theatre etc), or keys (as they have become more independent). But it always starts “glasses, money, phone”.
If you believe that parents can learn from their children, here is the proof, as we have adopted their mantra, and found it helpful. It also helps to remind ourselves that only a fraction of what we carry in our “purse” is really necessary, and when I have an hour or two to spare I intend to go through the contents of mine and reduce them drastically.
Of course, intentions are not deeds (who said that? Maybe I made it up). Here’s a better quotation: “The smallest deed is better than the grandest intention.” (Roger Nash Baldwin, pacifist and communist, and one of the founders of the American Civil Liberties Union)