Patience is not one of my strongest virtues. I am all about having it now. I’ve been thinking a lot about this aspect of my character since my over the top spree in New York, and reading something about the Compact, which is a movement which started in the US aimed at reducing the amount of consumption – the true Compacters buy only those things which are absolutely necessary to live (and which they can’t get through other means) and barter or whatever for the rest.
I don’t think I could ever go that far, but I am trying to cut down on my spending. Knit from your Stash is going to help me, but it’s really the shoe and clothes shopping that will be a challenge. I need to force myself to think twice about every purchase – do I really need it, do I need it now, can I get it another time if I really do need it, that sort of thing. Husby and I have a lot of stuff and I do wonder if it really does make us happier. It’s a challenge – so far I’ve managed to go this month, since we’ve returned from our trip, and have bought very little. I think it’s a good thing.
When I need reminding, I look at this plant, in our front yard. When we first moved into our house (in 2000), I planted a Strelitzia (Bird of Paradise) in our back yard. It was a small one, and I knew then that they can sometimes take a few years before they flower. We had to replant it in our front yard about two years ago, and we supplemented it with a larger more mature strelitzia as well. The little one still hasn’t flowered but a couple of weeks ago I discovered the bigger one finally has flower spikes. And they opened up over the course of this last week.
Patience really does pay off with something beautiful at the end, something worth waiting for.