the new neighbor

leaning on his fence one day, a devout quaker was watching a new neighbor move in next door. after all kinds of modern appliances, electronic gadgets, plush furniture, and costly wall hangings had been carried in, the onlooker called over, “if you find you’re lacking anything, neighbor, let me know and i’ll show you how to live without it.”

Joshua Becker

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Writer. Inspiring others to live more by owning less.
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    • di says

      I keep a lost of what I need in my wallet. As time goes by, I usually find an alternative or realize I can go without.

    • di says

      I never had a lot of money. I always had to think very carefully about every purchase, including food.

      On this blog, the majority of the comments seem to stem from a wealthier part of society. It’s nice to be able to make an active choice to live with less, but many of us already do.

  1. says

    It’s amazing all of the things that we think we “need”. When I run out of a particular item now, or wear out a shirt that I “needed” to match a pair of pants, I end up finding a creative way to do without said item. It’s a challenge that I really enjoy now!

    Thank you for this quote!

  2. Allison says

    I love this quote and have found that I am happier with less. We are getting ready to move within the next 3 months so I have been cleaning out. I have sold lots of things on Ebay, Craigslist and am getting ready for a yard sale. I feel so much lighter. I have begun to realize that life should be about having experiences and making memories is not about having a bunch of stuff that just collects dust (which I am allergice to anyways). I love this site and it has helped me on my journey to be clutter, debt and stress free.

    • di says

      I inherited most of what I have. I kept my favorites and gave away more than half of my inheritance to my extended family.

      I really enjoy everything I have and enjoy taking care of it as well. I do store a few things and rotate periodically.

    • di says

      Many of the people in my community and family are very aggressive. I find solace in being alone, just taking care of my things.

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