We Have Peanut Butter, But No Bread – Making Do With Less
After a long week, the last thing either of us want to do is cook. We don’t go out because of the rain, and delivery for the 3rd time this week is out of the question. Inglorious Basterds arrives in the mail, and we just seek something sufficient and efficient to eat.
Unfortunately, as we raid through the cupboards all we find is peanut butter, with no bread and spaghetti with no sauce. We also find stale crackers, and a pound of dried pumpkin seeds, but that’s it. Drats! Good thing I keep looking, because I find my canister of protein powder which I forgot I had. The filthy drink contributes today.
We pour stale crackers onto our plates, along side two heaping spoons of peanut butter. To wash it all down, a lumpy and not so delicious vanilla protein shake each. It was nostalgic, eating like college kids again.
FIVE KEY TAKEAWAYS
1) Even if someone says, “there’s nothing left in the house to eat”, there’s always something. We just aren’t looking hard enough.
2) It often takes two things to create an even yummier whole e.g. peanut butter sandwich. We realize why teamwork is highly valued.
3) Food can be a wonderful experience, but hunger can be a pain. We forget that much of the world eats for sustenance, and not for pleasure.
4) All the pain goes away once we sleep. Meanwhile, eating less than normal feels great the next morning. There’s no bloating, money is saved, and although we’re still a little hungry, we have the energy to feed ourselves again.
5) We adapt to what we have. A large house inevitably fills with clutter.
Sometimes things just don’t go according to plan. Yet, we all have an amazing ability to adapt to our surroundings and make do with less. It’s refreshing not always wanting more. Dig out your old things and enjoy them again. Call your friends you’ve lost touch with and catchup. Our reservoir of sustenance runs deep. We just have to discover it all again.
Readers, anything you’ve experienced recently where you had to adapt? What did you learn from your experience?
Have a great weekend everyone!
Sam @ Financial Samurai – “Slicing Through Money’s Mysteries”
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