Tuesday, January 6, 2009

Here's to Less - Just the Jewelry

December 2008: The stark-looking magazine ad with the headline Here's to Less caught my eye.

It went on to say: "Our lives are filled with things. We're overwhelmed by possessions we own but do not treasure. Stuff we buy but never love. To be thrown away in weeks rather than passed down for generations."

How true, I thought; this is something that often happens.

Why the diamond earrings at the top of this post? Because this was an ad for De Beers, and at the bottom of the page were some lovely diamond stud earrings, and the phrase we all know: Diamonds are forever.


Room Organizing said...

I'm just starting to take better care of all the things i already have and am finding joy in stuff i never even knew i had or noticed before. An attitude of gratitude can go a long way.

Jeri Dansky said...

Room Organizing, that's a wonderful way to approach things. If it's worth owning, it's worth taking care of. And as we eliminate things that no longer bring us joy, it's easier to see and appreciate the ones that do bring us that joy.

Anonymous said...

It's interesting that simplicity is sometimes used to sell us more stuff! I wonder how many of us find ourselves buying things in a quest for a simpler life?

Jeri Dansky said...

Newleafnews, my first thought when reading your comment was that Real Simple magazine has been using simplicity to sell us stuff for years.

Of course, sometimes a purchase really does make our lives simpler; for example, getting high-quality basic tools (for the kitchen, the office, the toolbox, etc.) can save tons of frustration and wasted time.

Steve Nickse said...

Actually diamonds are forever. We never throw them away like all the other stuff that eventually ends up in a landfill.

Jess Parsons said...

Those lovely earrings are, of course, all the more rare and precious because De Beers (monopoly) hoards mined diamonds to drive prices up.

Enjoy your purchase!

Jeri Dansky said...

Steve, you raise a good point. We may get rid of the diamond ring if a marriage ends, but the diamond sure doesn't go to landfill.

And Jess, you also raise a good point. I avoided the whole subject of De Beer's policies because that's not the focus of this blog - but it's worth at least a short note, and I thank you for providing that.