Today I am thinking that I would like to go shopping. Actually I am avoiding tasks like cleaning out some drawers, closets, and my computer desk.
But going shopping brings another thought to mind--a new mindset that I am trying to adopt for myself. I am trying to determine the difference between things that I want, things that I need, and things that I have to have. I am now trying to evaluate my purchases with those three criteria in mind.
For example, I ran out of toothpaste this morning, so I have to have toothpaste. On the other hand, I would like to have a new laptop computer. Our old one is thick, heavy, cranky, and the battery will not stay charged. It is difficult to use when we go on a trip--if it works at all some days. So I apply my formula to buying a new computer: I want a new laptop. I probably need a new laptop at some time in the future but I mostly use my home computer and it works very well. And so--I guess I don't have to have a new laptop at the present time. Now, if I find $500 running down a pig track (my dad used to use that expression with us) I guess I could go shopping and get a new laptop, but that purchase is NOT on my to do list for today--or probably any time soon.