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frugality is a beautiful word

Frugality is one of the most beautiful and joyful words in the English language, and yet it is one that we are culturally cut off from understanding and enjoying. The consumptive society has made us feel that happiness lies in having things, and has failed to teach us the happiness of not having things. — Elise Boulding

We live in a world obsessed with acquisition and consumerism. It’s an obsession that pervades every aspect of our lives.

In a world where more is better and “super-size it” is a way of life even a mention of frugality seems awkward and out of place. Yet Boulding is absolute correct when she points out that there is a far deeper happiness, even a true joy, in not having things.

The more material possessions we have, the more our life is controlled by them. We actually become the possessed rather that the possessor.

True joy can never be achieved through more stuff. Trust me on this. It is just never going to happen.

Here’s an easy challenge. Go through your closet and take out two or three shirts/blouses that you haven’t worn in a year (or three). Do the same with just a couple pair pants that you know no longer fit. Throw in a couple pair of old shoes you know you are never going to wear. Give them away.

Not only will someone in need benefit from your donation, you will experience the joy of giving. You will also have a little more room in your closet.

Repeat the challenge until you are comfortable with the idea that less is really more, and that frugality is indeed a beautiful word.

Joy to the World

After flying back to Raleigh from a wonderful packaging event at Canterbury United Methodist Church in Birmingham, Alabama, I have spent the week here. The timing was perfect as there were numerous meetings and other engagements that required my participation.

One surprise was that yesterday when I walked into the office, Ryan, our administrative assistant in the International Program office handed me a stack of personal mail. Since I am no longer in the office on a regular basis, the mail had accumulated and no one had thought to give it to me before yesterday.

I enjoyed seeing Christmas greetings from several colleagues and old friends. Then I opened a small Christmas card from a name I didn’t recognize. The front of the card read “Joy to the World. ” Inside was this personal note.

Dear Ray,

I heard a SHN presentation 2 years ago & have wanted to send this donation ever since. Thank you for inspiring all of us to do more.

Gratefully,

Also inside the card was a folded check for $1500 to Stop Hunger Now.

What a wonderful way to begin the day. The kind words and the gift are powerful affirmations that the message and the work of Stop Hunger Now continue to touch lives around the world.

Thank you to all who are working to make a difference in the lives of those most in need. Feeding the hungry is the work of Christmas, and it goes on long after the decorations are taken down and the trees are gone.

Thanks for caring enough to act. Thank you for being a part of a global movement to end hunger in our lifetime.Working together we are changing the world.