Welcome to Following the Whispers blog
Thank you so much for taking the time to visit. Hope you enjoy your stay. I blog here whenever I feel the need. This blog was created at the time my memoir came out, in February, 2009. Its motto was: creating a life of inner peace and self-acceptance from the depths of despair. Now, my focus is sharing this journey we call life.
“Only one thing is more frightening than speaking your truth, and that is not speaking it.” Naomi Wolf
“We are called human beings, not human doings.” Wes Nisker, Buddhist teacher
“It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs…(And) if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly.” Theodore Roosevelt
Wednesday, March 17, 2010
The Excitement of New Things
A while back, I posted about our new car search. We looked at and test drove Hondas, Mazdas, Toyotas, Hyundais...hubby at first was not interested in Hybrids. But once he discovered his employer would offer cash back for employees purchasing Hybrids, we explored them. I fell in love with the Ford Fusion Hybrid. Not only does it have all the features I was looking for, it gets 41 mpg in the city and 36+ on the highway. It was due 3/15. I'm writing this Tuesday for a Wednesday post so I hope I'll be able to tell y'all on Thursday that it's parked in our garage.
I thought I was someone that really isn't into gadgets and toys and buying things just 'cause I want them. But it turns out, that's not true. I saw my son and other young people with iphones and wanted one. I ended up with a Droid. When my sister-in-law showed up with a little netbook, I just had to have one to travel with.
Up until this point in my life, I only allowed myself the things I needed. Want was a whole different animal. It got me thinking about where pleasure comes from. There are deeply satisfying pleasures derived from spirituality--walking in nature, connecting with Spirit, intimate conversations with friends or partners. There are momentary pleasures which come from eating something yummy, or hearing a favorite song, seeing a great movie.
Where does getting something you want fit in? How much is okay? When does it cross over into greed? For me, when we decided to purchase the new car (it had been 10 years since our last new car purchase), I worked out a budget so that we would no longer just spend without thinking about it.
What about you? What do you want? Do you allow yourself to have what you want? Curious minds want to know...