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I was going to call this post The Right Tools. Then I was going to call it The Right Stuff. But really it’s about having the right tools and enough stuff and I just couldn’t come up with a catchy title for that so we’re going with Having Enough. And feeling joyful about it.
Let me explain.
In the photo above there is a random collection of things. Steel wool and oven cleaner to hopefully restore an old cast iron fry pan that belonged to my father-in-law. A pack of batteries to go in a drawer where there are already several other packages of batteries of various sizes. A container of salon quality shampoo because I’m running low. And a new pair of trimming snips for dividing my dahlia tubers. All of these things were on my kitchen table the other day and none of them are expensive. And yet it struck me, as I looked at them, that my life is . . . comfortable. Abundant, even.
These may seem strange things to evoke that feeling in me but I grew up in a household where things were . . . tight. We weren’t poor and we lived in a nice house, but there were financial struggles. We ran out of oil for the furnace sometimes. The electricity was turned off for non-payment more than once. We had food stamps for a while. My parents owed back property taxes and their names were in the paper. I suppose it says a lot about my childhood that I was even aware of these things happening, but that was the reality of my life and I didn’t know that other kids didn’t have to worry about whether there was enough money.
Things were replaced when they had to be and not in advance. Shampoo was cheap and we all used the same kind. Cleaning supplies were store brand and served multiple purposes. We never had extra batteries and they were generally considered an extravagance. And a specialty garden tool would have been unheard of.
And yet here I am with all of those things and they came at no hardship. I never want to take that for granted. I always want to remember that what’s a given for some is a privilege for others. And the simplicity of it all can bring you joy.