There's somethin strange goin on. I don't know if I'm just goin through a funky phase... it's kinda hard to explain.
The first happened when I was cleaning out my purse yesterday. I am giving up my old "suitcase" of a purse in favor of a streamlined one in a desperate search for simplicity. For some reason, I suddenly have no desire to try and be "all things to all people." Nor do I want to carry around a load of supplies just in case somebody might need something. I kid you not-- it was like I was trying out for "Let's Make a Deal" where they call out some obscure object to see if anyone had it in their possession: "Does anyone have a plastic ruler," Monty Hall would call out.
"Oooh! me! me!"
"What about a deck of cards... or perhaps a sewing kit?"
I'm telling you, I had it all. Static Guard? Got it. Shout wipe? No problemo. I even had a purse full of roasted peanuts to occupy my son at a college football game. Those days are gone.
I no longer care to haul around a five 'n dime store to try to make sure I have an emergency item for anyone who might come along. I tossed out, streamlined and widdled down to the bare essentials. Wallet, sunglasses, keys, small toiletry kit and some medicine. That's it. I can't tell you how nice it is to carry around a light purse that I know contains only the essentials.
Ah, the freedom.
I also just returned from Barnes 'n Noble and experienced a strange feeling. I didn't want anything. I had absolutely no desire to buy every cookbook on the shelf just because it contained a cute cupcake recipe for a child's birthday or 50 recipes with 5 ingredients or less. I didn't care. I have enough cookbooks that I don't use. Why did I need one more? I saw no magazine that I had to have and no desk calendar or coffee mug I couldn't live without. I left with a feeling of "it was nice to browse...but I didn't need any of that stuff."
What in the heck is wrong with me?
Not that I am of a materialistic bent...I just have no desire for more "stuff" right now. I'm in a decluttering mode like never before.
Simple. Easy. No-fuss. That's what I'm talkin' bout.