Sometimes you won't have much. Instead of complaining, make do with less! Appreciate what you have and make the most of it. If you've ever traveled around the world with just a backpack, you know what I mean. We really don't need much to be happy. Adopt a minimalist mindset and you'll really start to appreciate the simple things in life more.
Make Do With Less And Make The Most Of It
After a long week, the last thing my wife and I want to do is cook. We don't go out because of the rain, and delivery for the 6th time this week is out of the question. Our latest disc of The Expanse arrives in the mail, and we just seek something sufficient and efficient to eat.
We Have Peanut Butter, But No Bread :/
Unfortunately, as we raid through the cupboards all we find is peanut butter, but no bread! And there's a box of spaghetti but no sauce lol. We also find stale crackers, and a pound of dried pumpkin seeds, but that's it. Drats! Good thing I kept looking, because I found a canister of protein powder which I forgot I had. The filthy drink contributes today.
What did we do? We had a good laugh and decided to make do with less. We put some 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.
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1) Even if someone says, “there's nothing left in the house to eat,” there's always something. They just aren't looking hard enough. Or they aren't willing to eat what's there.
2) It often takes two things to create an even yummier whole, e.g. peanut butter sandwich. Although peanut butter by itself can be pretty darn good when you're hungry. Anyway, think of this as an analogy to 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.
Appreciate What You Have And Make Do With Less
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. Or simplify and let go of things that no longer bring you joy with the Marie Kondo method. She's a great advocate of getting organized and finding ways to make do with less.
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?
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