Tamara’s instincts are always so good! Today she shares a photo from her own backyard wedding. Thrifty to be sure but as a lucky attendee of the event, I can tell you, the only thing that was present that day was love and joy. It was a charming backyard wedding at which I never once thought they may have made their event choices based on financial constraints. Their backyard was welcoming and the right mix of friends and family were there to celebrate. To me it spoke of the gracious and welcoming vibe I’ve always felt in their home. There was an intimacy not found in bigger venues that really spoke of a community standing for this couple’s love. I find it hard to believe anything could have been better.
January jumps right in with an important question:
Do I “need” this?
by January Handl
Need is a word we use,
often when we mean
or even “hope toward”
I keep coming back to the basics of
Every thing that I might admire
I don’t have to own,
and in the owning somehow
lessen the value
The ingredients to happiness are usually
so very much more than anything
manifest in temporary forms,
the recipe changing
as our worlds shift,
so it’s when
learn to be chary
of giving advice,
of the greedy, bottom-less thirst
of the ego wanting
the next moment’s
we relax into knowing
Yes, we mostly DO already have what we need, which is why I think of THRIFT as a blue print for thriving. If we take this week and really look around our homes and lives and look at all the great things we already have and think about adding to or taking away in a way that only brings out our best selves, this is the type of living I want in my life.
You may not know that the word itself derives from a Nordic word that means success and that at one point it was an alternate word for prosperity. Thrift can also mean rare which tells me that if we allow the distilling process it evokes we can in fact find the essence of what is important to us.
I am using this week to do just that. I plan to eliminate the extraneous and bring nothing into my home or life that doesn’t add to my or my families essential well being, just as my definition says:
Thrift – The delight and joy of frugal wisdom, the ability to thrive with less.
How will you be thriving this week?
P.S. I share one of my favorite photos as some more evidence of the thriving that was happening at Tamara and Cary’s wedding! Thanks for all the inspiration you two!!