I wrote in a previous post and some comments about how not spending money is something new I need to learn. Today I was thinking how in this present recession it is a easier to talk about cutting back and not spending money than if we were living in more prosperous times. People identify with not spending money right now. In fact I think you could say that it is quite in fashion. What will happen in a few years (or sooner) when we are out of this recession and when unemployment goes down? Will people go back to their old spendthrift ways or will they stay on track?
I have encountered several people over the past few weeks who have asked me if I am home for good or if I will be going back to work in a few years. I usually respond with "I am taking time off from the workplace for a few years." Today I told someone that I have no intention of going back to work. I have been a little afraid to admit this to people as I knew I would be countered with not contributing to the household income. After all I have skills, I have experience and when the economy rebounds I would be able to find a job, but why would I?
I love my new life here at home and it is not temporary. I have experienced so much peace and contentment in my life since I have been home that I would find it very hard to give up. God would have to write it in the sky.
My favorite time of the day lately has been when I walk the dog - usually at noon time. We live a couple of blocks from our town square and I watch people hurry to go to lunch and run around. I smile and look at our dog and think, there is no amount of money that could draw me away from this.
Thanksgiving is this week. Our family has much to be thankful for. We have a home, my husband's income is adequate to cover our needs, we have not been sick and we have friends and family. I am also thankful for my Christian faith, my relationship with God and am reminded at this time of the sacrifices that were made for me. Simple living and learning to live frugally have brought more joy to my life in the past few weeks than a paycheck ever did.
It is my prayer and hope that everyone experiences the joy of thankfulness that I am experiencing during this season.