on the right is my phone. it's a pay as you go phone. it makes and receives calls. it sends and receives texts. it costs me less than $10/month. i've had this phone for 8 or 9 years.
julia does not have a phone. sometimes i give my phone to one of the girls, if we'd like them to have the ability to call from any location. our phones are tools, and they do just what we need them to do…plus quite a bit extra.
this may not be for everyone, but since we're talking about fewer ends here…think of the thousands of dollars these phones have saved us. i believe these decisions have gone a long way toward helping my family live the life we want to live.
one reason i like reading minimalist blogs is that i like to hear about the different choices people make about what is necessary to them. whether fitting all their belongings into a backpack, living in a tiny house, or wearing a uniform every day…i find it inspiring. i'm inspired to consider my needs/wants differently…and i like that.
this post is meant to inspire thinking about choices. i'm not judging, so i hope you extend that courtesy to my and my family. being satisfied with less than the latest and fastest has helped us live the life we want and has also helped us break some of the chains of consumption.
that is something that i long for for all of us…that consuming not consume us.
this post is one of a series originating here.