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Sunday, March 27, 2011

A Different Kind of Luxury

Have you seen this book? Jody had a blog post about it not too long ago. This looks like a wonderful book, on my list of books to order. I have been reading the blog that goes along with it and have found it very interesting. The blog this past week has been talking a lot about the nuclear plants in Japan, well worth a read if you haven't yet. The book is more about living a sustainable and simple life, a couple of potters are included. Here is a great quote from the blog:
A Different Kind of Luxury is about exploring a feeling that is there in everyone - "A desire to be free." It's there in nearly everyone - very strong in some, to a lesser extent in others. But surely most people, at some point of time in their lives, have said to themselves "I don't want to be part of this system. I don't want to live a drab routine life. I don't want to follow the usual pattern, go to school, go to university, get a high paying job and struggle all through life to make it big in our profession, retire and then die. There is something wrong with this system which intrinsically thrives on exploitation -- of nature and of the poor. I want to break away from this system and live an independent life." Most of us, however, dismiss this feeling as blasphemous. Some believe it may be possible but are weighed down by too many constraints in our lives. This book is about those who not only dreamed but also fulfilled their dreams. About people who wanted to do a lot of things, and did all of them. About those who are governed only by their heart and not by the economic system. About those who, in their own little ways, make a big difference to the world by showing that there is tremendous beauty and excitement in simplicity.

It's a rainy cold Sunday morning and I am less than motivated to do much more than sit here with my cup of green tea and my blog friends and catch up with what you are all doing! Peaceful Sunday everyone.

12 comments:

Linda Starr said...

We are working toward more simplicity right now, selling off most of our stuff and hope to travel again very soon Unfortunately even food and fuel cost some money and one has to make some sacrifices to have food clothing shelter and maybe health insurance. I do feel like we have been able to live that way to a certain extent as we have taken off, quit our jobs, and traveled about five different times and i wouldn't trade those experiences for the world

cookingwithgas said...

yesterday I had 3 women in the store and we were talking about my life style- the fact that I enjoy what I do and if I did not I might as well be in an office job.
but- if we all did what we do who would hold those jobs and who would buy our work allowing us sell our work.
It's all a balancing act isn't it?
Happy Sunday TB!

Tracey Broome said...

....but everyone could just walk a little more gently through this world, it's such a mess right now.

Trish said...

Good peaceful Sunday to you too, Tracey...my kind of morning too..relax and catch up..
Grace, strength and gentleness today.
T.

Lori Buff said...

Sounds like a book I should ad to my list, thanks.

Andy Couturier said...

Hi, this is Andy Couturier, author of A Different Kind of Luxury. Please share any thoughts you have when the book arrives, as the blog is only little nuggets and short notes composed in a second. The book is the heart. I hope you enjoy it.

sfhdweb said...

Agreed with Tracey, Things are to much messed up and complicated.

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sfhdweb said...

Agreed with Tracey, Things are to much messed up and complicated.

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Tracey Broome said...

Trish,great sentiments, well said! Hi Lori, check out the blog, it will give you an idea of what the book is like, well worth a read. Hi Andy! What a surprise to hear from you, the book looks wonderful, can't wait to read it. I spent my cold rainy Sunday reading the blog and enjoyed it very much!!!

Michèle Hastings said...

i will have to look for that book too... i know what meredith is talking about. luckily there are people working traditional jobs that actually do LOVE what they do. have friends that absolutely love to sell real estate... i enjoyed many aspects of it but i knew it was really just a means to get where i am today. poorer but loving every minute of it :-)

Jesse Lu said...

Thanks for the book recommendation. I can't wait to check it out of the library. Bless the San Francisco Public Library, they have everything.

Also, I don't think I've ever told you, but the styling of your etsy photos is so beautiful, very serene.

Cheers!

Scott K Roberts said...

Tracey, thanks for posting info. about this book. Durango's small and very nice independent bookseller( Maria's) had a copy.