“Americans spend a mind-blowing $1.2 trillion every year on stuff they don’t need.”
I picked up this statistic from DailyWorth. It’s hard to believe isn’t it? 1.2 trillion dollars. One. Point. Two. Trillion. Dollars.
I actually can’t even imagine or envision that number in my own head.
But I can see remnants of it in my own closet.
The shirts and dresses not worn, the what-was-I-thinking purchases I touched upon on Day 120.
Today, I stopped by Shoppers World to pick up a birthday present for Justin (it’s okay, it doesn’t break the rules because it’s not for me). It’s the first time I have entered a mall in a while. It felt like a foreign experience opening the big heavy door of the retail store, for the first time in a very long time.
I had that moment of the thrill, the hunter/gatherer in me emerged, before I realized I was not to touch, not to buy. Ignore the dresses! Step away from the womens department. Do not touch the shoes.
It was like being in a zoo.
Do not feed the animals.
For that matter, there should have been a sign that read:
Do not taunt happy fun ball.
It takes restraint, this “no shopping thing” on any old day.
Let alone, in the middle of a department store, surrounded by new styles, new clothes, and sales galore.
I am happy to report I didn’t purchase anything for myself.
But, later this afternoon I did attempt something I haven’t done in a very long time: putting together a puzzle with a three-year old.
And, that got me thinking…
A wardrobe is kind of like a puzzle.
When you spy with your little eye the missing piece, and don’t buy it, all you ever see is that gaping hole. The perfect blue shoes that would have matched that dress, or the perfect jacket that would have completed those pants.
And, that is why, I think we are in this 1.2 trillion dollar mess.
The puzzle has a way of stretching and growing on its own, if you don’t first find the four corners. Build the foundation. Set the boundaries.
Maybe it’s not as fun to start with a plan, but what The Promise 365 is definitely showing me so far, is this: it will be so worth it when that last, final piece clicks into place.