Monday, September 29, 2008

Finding Frugality

Back to our discussion of virtues that must be recaptured in our society. Let's start with frugality. Frugality enables us to be willing to work and save in an instant gratification / credit overload society whose byword is "why wait when you can have it now?"

According to Wikipedia, "Common strategies of frugality include the reduction of waste, curbing costly habits, suppressing instant gratification by means of fiscal self-restraint, seeking efficiency, avoiding traps, defying expensive social norms, embracing free (as in gratis) options, using barter, and staying well-informed about local circumstances and both market and product/service realities."

All of these strategies are great but maybe we should dig deeper to find the root. If we just use strategies to pick off fruit but ignore the root causes , the fruit will come back. So what is the root? I don't know all of them but one cause for our society's excess is a lack of satisfaction. If I am not satisfied with my relationship with God, myself and others, any purchase I make will not help. Living and teaching true wholeness will result in frugality; however, frugality without wholeness results in greed or asceticism without real joy.

A full checkbook without joy is not living. I want frugality but more than anything I want to be satisfied in His love. Have you thought about this virtue? What do you do to live frugally?

1 comment:

Rachel said...

We are somewhat frugal. We still waste money, I'm sure, but not as much as we would if we never gave it a thought. Some things we do...We never by new cars. We don't have the newest technology, or really nice clothes. We don't have cable. We take short, inexpensive vacations. Part of it was the way we were raised. Part of it is that we simply aren't willing to deal with the stress that comes with buying everything we desire. Afterall, peace of mind is priceless.