"Anyone who lives within their means suffers from a lack of imagination."~Oscar Wilde
There's a reason so many artists die penniless.
A few reasons:
We don't live within our means..not really..and we're not really going to change that, ever, I think.. too much imagination, too many dreams.
We don't have 'the Protestant work-ethic'..whatever it is exactly, it isn't ours.
..which isn't a bad thing, really!
We have a work ethic all our own, and it's definitely not consistent..in fact, too often it boils down to never putting off "til tomorrow, what I can possibly do - the day after!" (Oscar Wilde again, isn't he lovely!)
|Sari-fabrics make great Easter dresses!|
We talk to friends about their healthy lifestyles and plant-based diets, wonder if we ought to order our lives more self-reliantly, and then break the budget on sari-fabrics from India and flowers for the house and altar.
I won't change, not much anyway..I like myself. I have no desire to sacrifice the beauties of life for sustainable living or a large savings account..but whenever sustainability and bohemia cross paths, I'm completely on board! Home-made body care products and shampoos, definitely! Locally roasted fair trade coffee, obviously! Calm evenings playing cards at home, or home-made clothes (with little amber beads stitched on, please!), or bookish afternoons, or home gardens..yes!
eh...not so much.
I hate limitations. My besetting sin is, I think, gluttony..I go through life like a giant mouth, tasting everything..and no, gluttony is not a goodness, but it's flip side, abundance, is! Abundance is something essential to living well, I think. Something that can be found among the careful, self-reliant homesteaders - the old-time puritans who earn as much as they can, and save as much as they can, so that they can, later, give as much as they can - but it's also something that is happiest pouring out carelessly, counting on God to keep it above water and trusting love to survive..
All that doesn't really help me figure out my finances..but it brings me joy to think about. I'm neglecting our May budget to write about why I'll write it knowing it will sit, unheeded, on the desk all month..but I will write it, because really, the only thing more fun than making laws is breaking them.