when was the last time you finished something and didn’t have a replacement on hand? when was the last time you ran out of shampoo or rice or dish soap and were really out of it?
what would happen if you stayed in that moment for a day?
i’ve found that since i started actively paring down every day i get extreme satisfaction out of the last time i use something and am able to toss the empty bottle in the recycling and be without for a moment. it’s an interesting moment, questions like “do i need to replace this item?” come to mind or “do i have something alternative that might fill it’s place?”.
it’s a space we don’t often occupy.
maybe we already have a new one in the storage closet or cabinet. maybe we run to the store so quickly we barely notice those minutes of “without” and don’t have a chance to ponder the item’s value in our life.
the next time you get near the end of a certain item’s life i invite you to slow down. use the last drop or cupful and then live without for a few days. maybe weeks depending on the item. feel the emptiness and examine it. do you miss having this thing around? is your life harder without it? does the desire for it fade after a few days leaving you with a satisfying clarity?
give it a shot. resourcefulness is a powerful feeling.