How to Consume Less, Save More, and Live Better
“Money can’t buy back
Your youth when you’re old
Or a friend when you’re lonely
Or a love that’s grown cold”
That’s the New Frugality (218)
i’m pretty sure that this one came out of the reading list in one of the other food waste books that i’ve read in the past month or so, and although it wasn’t anything that was new, it was all necessary reminders, and succinct messages, which i’m not always the best at.
“Budgeting is a tool, not a goal.” (81)
“The reward of a thing well done is to have done it.” -Ralph Waldo Emerson (113)
“The noblest question in the world is, What good may I do in it?”-Benjamin Franklin (67)
the paradox of social media is the simultaneous barrage of thoughts and visuals and opinions and the demand to be concise (nobody likes 83 hashtag guy), and that’s what i aim to do in this life-aspire for zero-waste-no excess space, footprint, time, energy. i don’t want to expend any of this, nor do i want to take it up. i think there’s room for everyone, but some people take too much, and others give to the point of martyrdom, and i find neither to be sustainable or a virtue.
“Lending is an act of trust. The lender has to believe that the debtor will replay the loan. Borrowing is a strong statement of optimism. The borrower has faith that the future will be good enough for him or her to repay the debt. The American Dream is essentially a story of optimism.” (17-8)
“Going green is emotionally satisfying and financially frugal. The personal economics of sustainability will make the transition toward financial conservatism practical and enjoyable. That’s right, enjoyable. We’ll feel good about ourselves and the actions we take to save more and borrow less while pursuing quality and simplicity. Frugal is the new chic.” (33)
i recently answered a web robot’s question of “what are you doing with your life?” as pippen forever, westbrook never and i stand by that. i’ve also noticed that 2016 has brought me many sources of nba affirmation, and i’m great-full for that. here is an example of such a quote that has just led me to write warren buffet into my paper reading list (now that i’m adjusting to getting through my electronic holds’ list):
“I’m not going out on a limb when I say conventional wisdom is right: Buffett is an investing genius. If you enjoy basketball as I do, he’s the money equivalent of Michael Jordan, LeBron James, and Kobe Bryant all rolled into one.” (127)
and, boom. i mean, i’m kind of not about these guys or what they’re celebrated for, though i believe the metaphor is more for the G.O.A.T. than the individual grandstanding and achieving status by standing on guys’ necks, but i guess i’ll find out.
“We make a living by what we get. We make a life by what we give.”-Winston Churchill (207)
and why not end it with the guy who also said, “if at first you don’t succeed, try, try and try again”?
hey, 2016. i’m kinda diggin’ you so far. (i could do with less text messages, tho.)