I'm the kind of person who likes words, and I get hung up on words and concepts from time to time. For example, in my little 1950's suburban house with the pretty garden, I often think "idyllic." Then, as I walk around, the word replays in my head, and makes me smile.
When I think about the Year of Frugal Living, the concept I'm stuck on is "sea change." First of all, a sea change is a "profound transformation." (Secondly, it's an album by my favorite artist, Beck. Let's take a look at him for a second:
Mmm. Anyway, I think that when one goes through a sea change, it's like an outward metamorphosis: I think of it like a caterpillar coming out of a cocoon and finding that he's still a caterpillar, but the world around him has changed instead. It doesn't matter what he is now, because everything is different.
When I began writing this blog, I thought that I would maybe pay some bills, maybe grow some vegetables, and maybe learn something. But instead, people have actually been reading it and teaching me things, and I've been learning and changing and growing. I posted this quote back when I started doing this and I want to post it again, because for me, it has so much meaning.
"Once you start to see through the myth of status, possessions, and unlimited consumption as a path to happiness, you'll find that you have all kinds of freedom and time. It's like a deal you can make with the universe: I'll give up greed for freedom. Then you can start putting your time to good use."
David Edwards "Nothing to Lose But Our Illusions"
So, thank you. I think this has been time put to good use.