18 Jul 2011
- Written by Lucy Shaw
Recently, I went on a business trip to New York. The trip came at a time when I didn’t have the time or the money to do any of the things that we ordinarily think of doing when we are blessed to go to such a coveted destination. Also, for the past six months, I have been meditating on being less of a consumer, spending money and buying things.
I arrived the day before my scheduled meetings with a little time to spare. So out of habit, being just a few blocks from 5th Avenue, I set out walking to test my resolve to not buy anything. On the way, I passed the Museum of Modern Art. As I rushed past the museum I considered what it might be like to go inside instead of testing my capacity to not buy a great dress or shoes.
Well, I went straight to 5th Avenue and one of my favorite stores. I looked and looked from floor to floor and guess what? I could not bring myself to buy a thing. As a reformed shopaholic, not having ready cash has never been a deterrent! But, Lordy, I simply couldn’t get my buzz on.
So, what did I do?
Well, I hauled myself back down to the Museum of Modern Art and did what I recommend to my clients...“Do something inexpensive or free that feeds your soul and doesn’t empty your pocketbook.”
The rest of the trip was an absolute joy as I not only enjoyed the meetings but had the personal contentment of not wanting to be doing something else!