Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Things as they really are -what is real, anyway?

What is real? Is it relative, or absolute? Something that is real to me (my faith in a higher power, for example) may not be real to someone else, and that's a perfectly valid difference between them and me. Even with differences like this, I think there are some lines that should not be crossed but which can be all too easy to cross without even knowing it, with regards to living a healthy reality.

These thoughts have come to my mind most recently because of the talk I heard yesterday by David A. Bednar. He spoke about seeing things as they really are, and of the dangers of becoming too entangled with virtual people and worlds. Amazing and sad about the man who spent countless hours going for drives, window shopping, buying a house, a dog, and in the end proposing marriage to someone he has never met other than as an avatar on his computer....doing all this for up to 14 hours a day, while his bride of 7 months watched tv in an adjoining room and felt helpless and betrayed by his behaviour.

That's an extreme case, sure. What about the forums I visit? Am I placing the online conversations and friendships I have with people I've never met, over real flesh and blood relationships? I think I did once, but no more. No more. It's just not worth it. Escape...this is probably one of the prime motivators for this type of behaviour. Seems to satisfy, but in the end it does you about as much good as reading a cookbook does for someone who's starving.

Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Zen To Done - simplifying your life

I'm adding a new link to my list of handy links on the side bar. It's called Zen To Done, and I'm really looking forward to reading through the posts Leo has written on how to take control of your life, and to make it as simple as possible.

Friday, May 8, 2009

Frugal and charitable

Take a look at this post over at the Simple, Green Frugal Blog: it's on being both frugal and charitable. What a small but enormously powerful concept! Even if I have nothing, I can keep all the 5 and 10 cent coins I find on the ground, and give them to worthy charities.

Here's a great post at Zen To Done which talks about ways to be frugal. Also remember to check out the Simple, Green, Frugal Co-op.

I have really been enjoying reusing and repurposing everything I can recently. It's a challenge that is fun, and very satisfying.