Waste not want not

As I keep up with some of the experiences people are sharing during physical distancing, what struck me is how much less food we are wasting. As we limit our visits to the store, we are identifying and enjoying first all that we have in our kitchen. We are finding that our kitchen holds more than we thought. I find myself ordering a lot less non-food items from Amazon as well, as I ask myself, do I want to have to deal with handling that package when it gets here? Is it worth the trouble? That on top of an unknown economic future is enough to say NO to too much unnecessary spending, finding it a delight when we do, rather than just another unconscious purchase to fill a spiritual need. Our pastime is currently not that of consumption but of figuring out what to do and how to fill the space with what we have. It can feel like a time of austerity, but then, I have found that we become a lot more creative, and discerning, with limited resources. We become resilient, and we learn to see what we have and what’s right in front of us. Perhaps we will find our abundance with a lot less. Perhaps we will find that it doesn’t take much to be happy. In fact it takes what we already have. And we already have.

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