The inspiration for this series of blogs comes from the encouragement of my dear friend of over 4 decades who on several occasions has asked me to write about the way I endeavour to walk lightly on the globe. Thank you, David, for your encouragement and your friendship. And from my son who first encouraged me to write a blog and has always encouraged me to write. Thank you, Rick, for your love and your belief in me.
The content of this blog is not some new thought but was written back in 2012, when by the encouragement of my son I wrote an ebook titled A Shift to Thrift. I enclose the preface below; just replace the word book for blog.
© 30/4/2012 Estelle Deshon
The ideas contained in this book are not for everyone. You may be working in a wonderful job which pays handsome rewards and how to pay the bills and move forward in life is not a worrisome burden with which you are familiar. That is wonderful!
This book is written for those who have experienced a change in circumstances which has not been solicited and for which no preparation has been made and at times, for which no preparation could have been made even if one knew what was about to befall. It is for those whose circumstances are moderate but who know that through resourceful management the everyday events of life can be negotiated and a purposeful future secured.
This book is for those times when one has more time than money and more expenses than the means to meet those expenses. This book is for times when change has been thrust upon one and the only way to respond is with a change in attitude and behaviour toward the available resources and finances.
I love how the Apostle Paul expresses life when he says he has had times in his life when he has been prosperous and times in his life when he has been poor, humbled and in need but that in all things he has learnt how to be content. Phil 4:11 I am not saying this because I am in need, for I have learned to be content whatever the circumstances. Phil 4:12 I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want. ( NIV Bible)
Should you take the challenge to implement even a few of the following ideas, you may be surprised what a difference a few small changes will make but, more importantly, being proactive, learning new skills and moving forward to a more positive and rewarding place will boost your confidence and give you purpose.
As I reread that preface, I realise it was written for a time such as this. Right now! Today! Our world as we know it is being reshaped! I do not claim to know a lot, in fact, I confess that I don’t know much at all but together we possess a great knowledge and if we can share it and learn from each other we just might all be a bit richer.
So I hope you will read and engage in this blog. Your comments and ideas are welcome as many of us now shift into thrift mode. That’s enough for today, next blog we will define what the word Thrifty means. Enjoy your day; stay safe and healthy.