But How Much Money Are You Making?
We just finished a two day craft show and had just returned home
when our friend, Harry, arrived at our door.
He came in and we sat talking about the events of the last two
days. Harry wanted to know how we did. I told him and he then
proceeded to say, "But how much money are you really making?
That is, after you take into account your gas, your time, and
the cost of your materials"?
An interesting question, one, which made me stop and think.
"Well, I replied, not that much; maybe a $100."
He was quick to respond, "A $100. Is it really worth it? Just
look at the time you spent preparing and then attending the show
for two days!!"
"But Harry. It is not just about the money! It's about a simpler
way of life."
Harry frowned and said, "What are you talking about, everyone
works for the money!"
It was then that my husband, who had been sitting back just
listening, piped up. "Harry, our goal was to simplify our life
and that is exactly what we have done. We need to make some
money to help pay the bills, but we don't need to make thousands
of dollars at every craft show. You see, our way of life has
been simplified in the following ways:
We do not try and keep up with the Jones' any more. We buy what
we 'need', not what we 'want'. We used to buy on impulse. We now
ask ourselves, do we need it, or do we want it.
And, when we do need something, we consciously ask ourselves, do
we need to buy it new, or can we buy it used? When you think of
the amount of waste in this country, and when you start learning
about the three R's, you start to understand there is a lot that
can be done to reduce, recycle and reuse!
We love what we are doing, and you are right, we are not making
a large income any longer. But, because we love what we do, it
really doesn't seem like work to us.
We experience less stress with this way of life, a simpler way
of life. You see, truly the only stress we have is the stress we
put on ourselves. We no longer have a boss telling us what to do
and when to do it. We no longer have set hours. We have the
flexibility to work when we want to work. Yes, we have to stay
focused and ensure we have enough supplies. But we have fun
doing what we do, meeting many different types of people, being
creative in our work, and constantly learning.
We also have much better relationships with our family and
friends. Previously, when we worked in the city, and we traveled
for 2 hours a day just to get to work, we were worn out by the
time the weekend came. We didn't have time for family or
friends. Now, we do have the time.
You see, Harry, simplicity is a journey. We are continuing to
learn ways to simplify our life, while at the same time,
enjoying our life. It is not all about making money - there is
more to life than money!"
Harry then commented: "I never thought about it like that I
guess I should look at simplifying some of my ways!"