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February 15th, 2012 10:41 AM

"The world is too much with us," Poet William Wordsworth complained over two hundred years ago.  "Getting and spending, we lay waste our powers."  Today many would agree with him.  We are constantly exhausted from the "getting" and the amount of energy spent earning a living to get it.  The reality of the recession and current economy means we are paying now for the spending of yesterday.

But despite all the doom and gloom that regularly assults our senses, there is a way for us to reclaim our lives.  It consists in turning away from the world to recognize what in life truly makes us happy.  For each person, what that is will be different.  But once we know this, we possess the ability to transform our outer world. 

We can begin by not reading the newspapers, magazines or all the TV advertisements telling us what we should or must have to make us happy.  Many of our preferences and opinions may not really be our own, but what the world tells us we should have or do.  It is difficult to not be swayed by all the marketing that surrounds us every day.  But if we take the time to develop our very own personal tastes and preferences, in spite of what is "popular" or "in style" we may be surprised at how unique we really are! 

A home or a room can be put together with a minimum of cost with some creativity, imagination and adventures to "unique" and different kinds of stores, such as thrift or consignment shops.  There are treasures to be found in antique stores or even garage sales and flea markets.  Once we develop our own personal tastes, the outside world can be silenced while we hear our own inner styles.

As we approach the spring season, be open to individual tastes and changes, no matter what the world says!

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Posted by Barbara Doeringer on February 15th, 2012 10:41 AMPost a Comment

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