“That is the message of American-style consumerism. My human life is not enough. There are purchases upon purchases that will transform me into something more than what I am. We have too little tolerance for almost perfect Wednesdays.”
From the chapter “My Almost Perfect Wednesday” in The 100 Thing Challenge: How I Got Rid of Almost Everything, Remade My Life, and Regained My Soul.
Too many people believe that simple living is a Herculean lifestyle. That’s completely the wrong way to look at it. Living simply within our financial, physical, and spiritual reach is achievable. What we cannot ever do is purchase our way to a perfectly content life. A life of material acquisition falls short of ideal one hundred percent of the times.
Yet our lives our capable of accommodating pleasures beyond our wildest imaginations. If we will only set aside perfection and pursue living in the here and now, we will learn to be content with an almost perfect life.