Update: Me vs Demon Shopping
So far so good. I regularly go to Target for certain grocery items which are so much cheaper than at the grocery store, it is worth the time and effort involved. Of course every time I go it exposes me to more stuff, especially more stuff on clearance. When I pass things like a tripod at half price, my hand automatically reaches out for it and I think, “what a deal!” The tripod actually made it into my shopping cart next to the lactose-free milk. But by the time I approached the checkout lane, sanity returned. Yes, it might really come in handy, but for the time being my husband and I can share the tripods he uses. We don’t really, really need it just yet, great price or no. so I put it back–
and then it hit me, this huge wave of buoyant happiness greater than anything I’d experienced when finding a “bargain” or shopping as therapy. I was free! I actually detached myself from “bargain” and “just in case.” I walked into a den of temptation and came away only with what was absolutely essential.
This is not a joy I could have experienced while in the throes of demon shopping. It could only happen after a prolonged period of decluttering and mindfulness. I have not been getting rid of stuff and living frugally in order to punish myself, but because I’ve actually acquired a tangible distaste for bringing home more stuff not essential for life and work. Even now as I look at the empty space which the tripod could have filled, I am relieved.
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