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For ‘reformed’ shopaholic’ joy no small order

For the past six months, I have been meditating on being less of a consumer, spending money and buying things.
 
 Lucy Shaw

Dear Readers: This week I want to write a column about joy!

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!  

Hurray!

Lucy

(Check out Lucy Shaw’s website at http://www.heartworks4u.com.  Send your questions to her by U.S. mail to: Heartworks4U, LLC; 4646 Poplar Ave. Ste 201, Memphis, TN 38117 or by e-mail to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . You may also contact her for a free 20-minute consultation.)

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