What about the old days, when we were absolutely sure that bigger was better; Our visits to Major Cities, huge houses, and that yearning for a big Navigator van… or whatever, only reinforced the idea.
That wasn’t solely because we were young and sold on the idea that we must have big aspirations to succeed in life, it creeps into our thinking today as we use new measures for qualifying what really is big time.
I can’t say that I have tossed aside my old yardstick, but I have been learning to focus more upon the inches therein. In our more advanced age, we can begin to see that less can be good. Who wants a big yard, a Big Mac ( well maybe) or a big mortgage?
We have come to grips with the fact that big bills are harder to swallow, because much of our income comes from social security. I have coined the phrase; “Happiness is a good deal”. This must be true, for my many visits to Habitat for Humanity and Goodwill, have been all too frequent, but massive in their cost savings on a myriad of the basic necessities of our newly constructed life on our own,- away from an Adult Living Residence…….. Sanders for $6.00. Electric saws for $20.00 and whole bathrooms a $400.00 redo. Makes your pocket book water doesn’t it?
Our current 1000 Sq. ft residence is a palace, Our new 8X10 deck is spacious. Our 10X40 lawn…… just right for our $8.00 push mower.
While at times the dollars threatened to kill us, we may now only be getting nickel and dimed to death. But we are now thinking small and we are bigger for it.
I once might of smiled at the penny-pinching councilors on T.V….. I now applaud them for their advice; much of which has found it’s way into the perspectives of our children.
I suppose that this might be considered as reducing the size of your dream. I count it staying awake for reality…. Thinking big about small things allows us to outlive our money.
And the $100.00 that I may have left at the end will buy a gift card at Habitat for the eldest in the family. He can borrow a truck to haul the “deals” for family projects. Remember, however, there is no negotiating there…Take is as it comes or wait for the 50% off tag.
Ah, happiness IS a good deal……Almost impossible to enjoy at retail.