I love simple pleasures – I’ve discovered Haagen-Dazs’ white chocolate raspberry truffle ice cream. Yummm!
Recently at the grocery store on the frozen isle, another shopper said to me – “I recognize you” and continued “I couldn’t be a minimalist like you.” I’m sure I looked a little surprised- she continued – “I couldn’t possibly live with a tiny refrigerator and no freezer. Now I was definitely looking puzzled – she nodded to my cart and my one 14 oz. container of the above stated pleasure. Then the shopper looked really confused as I continued to put ‘2 more’ in my cart. One butter pecan and one chocolate chip cookie dough. (I have more than a single simple pleasure in my life.) I smiled and said “I’m pleased you recognized me, I do have my smaller home, but I do have a good sized refrigerator/freezer, it fits all my needs.” (remember, I write like I talk, so I continued on)
“I am the one who put the restriction of size on myself – not because of the size of my freezer – but to keep me from fully indulging on an entire half gallon size.” “Plus I do enjoy all 3 flavors.” “Here is where my minimalist style does kick in – I have a coupon for $1.50 off 3 Haagen-Dazs’ ice-creams that are also on sale in the store – so I saved $4.50 – that was like getting one for free.”
She was great, decided to try my new found flavor and asked me about other specials in the store that I knew of….
My point – besides my simple ice cream pleasure…Just because one down-sizes possessions or a home does not mean we choose to go without. It does mean I ‘do’ get to choose. So, yes, I am a minimalist in the way that I have down sized things that used to take up my energy, space – surrounding myself with things that I love, truly enjoying the biggest pleasure of all – life.