We’ve been enjoying a small group study in the book, “Free: Spending Your Time and Money on What Matters Most” by Mark and Lisa Scandrette. It’s been challenging and it has shifted my (Lori’s) perspective a bit. Thinking and talking about pursuing simplicity and contentment drew me to consider (what Mark and Lisa call) a “voluntary fast”. A voluntary fast is setting aside something that is not necessarily “bad”, but perhaps something that could have a disordered place in my life.
I’m chronically discontent with my wardrobe. I’ve never had a lot of money to spend on clothes and I don’t enjoy shopping, though I do enjoy an occasional treasure hunt at our local thrift shop. As I walk to work each day, I admire the “together”, classy looks of women around me in the city. “If only I had that outfit, I’d be prettier, happier and confident… (sigh)” Several years ago I stopped reading fashion magazines because I know it just feeds into my discontent. Yet, this is still an almost daily internal “ick” of discontent/envy about clothing. I try to remind myself of Scripture, “don’t worry about what you will wear”, but having clothing is not the problem – I can get loads and loads of secondhand clothing at thrift shops very cheaply. My discontent is about having the (supposed) right clothing. I don’t want to live this way. I want to live in gratitude, with a broader perspective of what really matters. Looking nice is a value of mine, and I don’t feel that’s wrong, but it’s become disordered.
So, in an attempt to refocus, Randi Lundren (one of the members of our “Free” study) and I will only wear 8 pieces of clothing during the month of November. (BTW – I loosely based this challenge from a 6 items challenge I read about here and here and here. Randi and I struggled with settling on 6 pieces, so we went with 8! :-) )
Feel free to join us and let us know if you do!
Here are the “rules” during the month long challenge:
Have 8 pieces of “anchor” clothing.
We can wear belts, jewelry, scarves.
Coats, undies, socks, shoes, workout clothes, and PJs are not counted in this challenge.
No clothing purchases.
Repair clothing if a mishap occurs (ie, no replacement pieces).
So, here are the pieces I’ve decided on:
1 black pants