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Resilience Secret #3 - "The Cost of Resilience"

Acknowledge “Frugal Luxuries”

I remember visiting friends on a farm in New Zealand. We had just popped in to say hello, we weren't intending to stay long. Knowing they had very little money and were struggling from week to week, I felt embarrassed when we were invited in for morning tea as I had arrived empty handed (something you don't do in rural NZ).  The hostess laid a simple gingham cloth on the table, baked fresh scones and we had tea out of old but fine china tea cups. She had placed a vase of very simple flowers from her garden on the table. Although these luxuries were frugal, I felt like royalty. I still remember the taste of those scones and that tea. 

Task Three:  The Cost of Resilience

Let’s look now at how much money it costs you to enjoy (and appreciate) life.   This time, reread your list, now write $ beside every item that costs more than $10 each time you do it. How many items have you included that cost very little or no money?

The key is balance. Have a mixture of frugal luxuries and items you have to work for. Invest in items that build anticipation, excitement and expectancy.  Plan that trip to Aires Rock, Queensland or Disney Land - you need these experiences too.  Balance your list, build your resiliency.

If you have no items at all that cost $0, then I suggest you go to the library and borrow the following: (or you can click on the book and purchase online)

Frugal Luxuries: Simple Pleasures to Enhance Your Life and Comfort Your Soul 

Frugal Luxuries: Simple Pleasures to Enhance Your Life and Comfort Your Soul

This book will give you hundreds of ideas how to create a sense of fulfillment in your life, how to savour the intangible and live with style and grace.  It is a valuable reminder of how to live our values. 

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