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The Simplifiers-Hanging On In Our Slippery Economy

Every time I turn on the TV the past few days, I hear about another company closing its doors and displacing thousands of workers. People easily step into a panic mode when they feel they are losing control of their lives.

I have believed for years that living a simplified lifestyle is the best advice for averting financial crisis, especially in economically slippery times. In an article in The Economist, Harvard Business School professor, John Quelch, spoke of today’s new consumers as the Simplifiers.

We see the influence of our shaky economy in the way people are spending money. They are reacting in fear and holding back on buying unnecessary things. John Quelch identifies four characteristics of the Simplifiers.

1. They realize they have more consumer goods than they need.
2. They are turning to having more meaningful experiences than in gaining more possessions.
3. They feel embarrassed and guilt-ridden about their ostentatious possessions.
4. They no longer feel they need possessions to affirm their success.

The compounded issues of healthcare, plummeted by financial concerns, can be a bit overwhelming unless you pull yourself back from your situation and examine the things you can control.

Let Creativity Emerge

First, you can limit your spending. Find creative ways to express yourself when you give gifts, perhaps barter your talents with friends, or look for ways to enjoy the simple things of life. Rushing through life to heap more tasks into your already bulging schedule can cause you to miss the fun of a walk on a sunny afternoon, the satisfaction of finally cleaning out that daunting closet or garage and putting order to your habitat, or the pleasure of reading a favorite book with moments stolen from an overworked schedule of busyness.

The pressure of financial difficulties can draw you into a creativity mode where hidden talents and ideas emerge.

Rid Yourself of the Unnecessary

Second, take account of what is important to you. The simplicity of life means not allowing life to steamroll you into a hopeless, desperate person. There are things within your control in your life, however small they may be. Maybe it is time to cut away the unnecessary trappings, both physical and emotional. For example, you can only be angry so long before you actually forget what it was that set you on fire emotionally. Let the important things in your life emerge.

Appreciate Yourself

Third, appreciate yourself. If you are dealing with breast cancer or any other difficulty, you need to be kind to yourself. You are going through a dark time in your life, but there is help and peace if you look for it. Give yourself credit for how far you have come on your journey. It will give you new perspective.

While you cannot control many external things in your life, you do hold the keys to how you deal with life itself. Live your life fearlessly, giving way to hope and inspiration.

Thought for Today:

“The secret of getting ahead is getting started. The secret of getting started is breaking your complex overwhelming tasks into small manageable tasks, and then starting on the first one.”—Mark Twain

Live Life,

Janelle

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