Mark and I both wear glasses. Several years ago, I bought many microfiber cloths so I could clean my glasses, especially at breakfast. For some reasons, my glasses attract fingerprints and smushes when I’m sleeping. (I know, the smushes were there when I went to bed, but I don’t see the dirtiness in the evening.)
Mark has suggested many times that I use the spray bottle of glasses cleaner when I clean my glasses. I don’t often do that, because I’m saving the glasses cleaner for when my glasses are really dirty.
I was stretching at the kitchen counter this morning and saw an 8-oz bottle of glasses cleaner. I said, “What a great idea. When did you get this?”
“Several months ago. I refill all the glasses cleaner little bottles with it.” Mark paused. “Yours wasn’t empty.”
I cracked up. “Nope, I was saving mine.”
“What for?” he asked.
I didn’t have a good answer. That’s when I realized—again—that I choose what to do when, and how to do it. I make choices in the rest of my life. Why not something as simple as glasses cleaner?
The best answer I have right now is that I have the scarcity (vs. abundance) mindset when it comes to glasses cleaner. (As I write this, I’m shaking my head at myself.) The scarcity mindset makes us think in not-normal-to-us ways. We think we need to save something.
Here’s the real problem: There’s very little scarcity in our lives, except for what we create. Sure, some things might be out of our financial reach, now and forever. For example, I’m not ever going to be able to have a personal jet. Just not going to happen. On the other hand, I can take a commercial jet to get to places past driving distance. A personal jet is outside my financial reach. I can live a great and fulfilling life without a personal jet.
I choose scarcity for some things in my life, such as key lime pie. We just returned from a vacation in Key West, where the key lime pie is outstanding. I chose to have some bites of Mark’s, and at one point, I asked him to build a barrier so I wouldn’t have any more bites. You can see the remaining pie plus the coffee, water glass and water pitcher in this picture.
I’d already had three small bites and I was in danger of taking more. I asked Mark for his help—the barrier was so I would have to work to get more pie. I successfully avoided more temptation.
Most of the time, I don’t save things. I wear my clothes (in appropriate occasions), use the cookware, and use the tools at my disposal.
We live in a time of abundance—not everything for all people, but many things for most people. I even—now—have abundance for the glasses cleaner.
That is the question this week: What are you saving it for?
- How Do You Know It Should?
- How Do You Refresh Yourself?