Laura begged Ma to take the $5 and spend it on herself. “No Laura,” Ma refused. “You are a good gril to think of it, but there is nothing that I need.”
“Now whatever can that be?” Ma said to Laura. They waited. As soon as possible, Pa came hurrying back. He lifted the blanket away, and there stood a shining new sewing machine. “Oh Charles!” Mas gasped.
A long time ago, Laura remembered, a tone in Ma’s voice when she spoke of a sewing machine had made Laura think that she wanted one. Pa had remembered that. ~ These Happy Golden Years p. 241 – 242
I don’t know about you but I do this all the time. There may be something I really want but I know I don’t need it so I definitely don’t buy it for myself. (It’s this sort of thing that drives my husband crazy around my birthday!)
Since our financial struggles in the beginning of our lives together I’ve trained myself not to want. I know that deep down I still may want and item but for the most part I can shove that want right out of the way and focus on things I need. This strategy has brought out a new discovery….I used to just push down the wants and get the needs, now I’ve been wanting the needs instead.
It’s an interesting development in my way of thinking, but I like it. It’s a little hard to explain but basically now instead of just getting what I need, I actually WANT to just get what we need. And in that fulfilling our need I’m satisfying the wanting part of me. The part that used to want new clothes and shoes. Funny how you can make your mind do things isn’t it?
As I was uploading the picture for this article I accidently came across this quote I had saved once upon a time. It pretty much sums up what I was thinking about today.
What about you…do you know how to control your wants? if you’ve been shopping using the want suppression method, are your needs becoming your wants?
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