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Wednesday, 4 November 2015
Work, spend, work, spend, work, spend.
I was listening to a radio programme recently where someone described modern life as 'working eight hours a day (or more) in order to earn enough money to buy things you really don't need'. I think he had it just about right.
Of course, there are those who are working equally hard trying to sell us all those things we don't need. And loads of others who advertise the misconception that we all desperately do need what we don't need.
I have nothing against those who buy unnecessary trinkets; I myself buy antiques and paintings that often get put away in cupboards and forgotten. But too many people are out there working their butts off just to buy the latest watch, the latest car, or the latest pair of 'trainers'. Fashion victims. Madness.
So, are frugal people happier? Possibly not; but they may have more in the virtual bank than the excessive spenders. They certainly have more upstairs in their heads.
The difference between an optimist and a pessimist, is that the optimist enjoys himself whilst waiting for the inevitable! I AM that optimist!
This is a daily, optimistic, 'photos and comments' blog. I make no judgements (only occasionally), just notes. If you wish to comment in any way at all, please feel free. Everything and everyone (except the obdurate and dictatorial) is very welcome.
I was born just south of London, but for the past 46 years I've lived in S W France. I am a painter by profession, and writer by desire. Lady Magnon and I live in an ancient cottage, in a tiny village, in perfectly tranquil countryside. We have a vegetable garden called 'Haddock's' (this may crop up from time to time), plenty of fruit trees, and a view that takes the breath away; we also have a Border Collie called Billy. I try to treat our planet with respect, and encourage others to do likewise (without preaching).
Contentment is a glass of red, a plate of charcuterie, and a slice of good country bread. Perfect!