Getting off the consumer bandwagon is hard! I’ve been working at it for about a half dozen years now and while I truly love a “less is more” approach to life it’s challenging at times to not go along with popular assumptions about “wanting more.” I recently picked up a copy of Juliet Schor’s latest book, Plenitude – The new economics of true wealth, to explore how I might deepen my commitment to a less material oriented lifestyle.
- A new allocation of time (work less)
- “Self-provision” (make, grow, or do things for oneself)
- “True materialism” (being aware of the impact on the environment of what we consume)
- Restore investments in one another and our communities
Or, in more simpler terms “Work and spend less. Create and connect more.”
The “create and connect more” part was something I had been putting to the side, focusing a lot on the “spend less” part of life. Just thinking about creating more brought joy back front and center!!!
Have a look at this video where you’ll get an overview of the ideas Schor’s puts forward in her book: