Sharing My Frugality At Work

A wedding taking place at the church

A summer wedding taking place at the church, Panama City.

Frugality is one of the most beautiful and joyful words in the English language, and yet one that we are culturally cut off from understanding and enjoying.

The consumption society has made us feel that happiness lies in having things, and has failed to teach us the happiness of not having things. ― Elise Boulding

On my first day of work, I was asked to send the HR person a blurb about myself, a few sentences informing the others about my interests, and such.

I sent over four sentences, with the last sentence being about my frugal and minimalistic tendencies.

I didn’t think anyone would really read the blurb. I definitely didn’t think anyone would remember that I am a frugalist from the blurb. But I had someone comment on it the other day to me. We were chatting about restaurants and he recommended a really amazing Pakistani restaurant and he added, ‘You are a frugalist, right? This restaurant is cheap as hell, right up your alley.’

I was gratified on two counts. First of all, that this person read the blurb about me, and took the time to remember an important point from it. Second of all, that instead of judging me, he actually was helping me reach my goal to be frugal. Instead of calling me cheap, or miserly, or stingy, he was giving me tips on how to eat great Pakistani cuisine and still stay within my budget.

 

This experience made me realize that I was wrong previously about not sharing my goals, aspirations, likes, and dislikes with the world.

In the past, the fear of being judged always stopped me from sharing a lot of detail about my life.

Slowly, through the help of Thenix and my blog, I am opening up again. I am telling more and more people who I am, what I like, what I am doing with my life, where I am going and so on. It is such a weird experience for me to be so open. It feels great. And at times like this, when someone comes up to me and tries to help me with my goals in conversation, I feel even more grateful to be alive and sharing my experiences with everyone.

 

Since I’ve started sharing more, I have had this experience more often than not. Instead of being berated for what I am doing, I usually get congratulated for choosing a certain course of life, and then given tips on how to do it better.

In addition to getting advice and support, I am surprised at how infrequently I am judged for what I am doing.

Maybe once a month, I will get someone who disagrees with the way I do things, and who judges me for who I am. But interestingly enough, if that happens, I am instantly supported and buoyed up by my readers, my friends, my family, my lovely Thenix, and everyone else around me.

 

I don’t even have to defend myself to the naysayers. I am defended by the supporters that surround me. Every time that happens, I feel astonished and grateful.

 

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3 thoughts on “Sharing My Frugality At Work

  1. Thanks for your posts about minimalism and frugalism, especially love the one about buying new things with life hours. I’m finishing up a great year-long purge and will be living out of one backpack starting in 11 days! I’m so excited to be free of stuff!

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