What do I really need?

Day 8- 19 DVDs
Day 8 - Purging 19 DVDs | Photo by Jonathan Blundell

This question is really coming into mind more and more since starting WeLiveSimply — but even more so as we start packing to move.

What do I really need?

Leo Babauta writes…

It’s amazing what our culture has done to us: we have been conditioned to believe that luxuries are a necessity, that we need things that most of the world doesn’t even dream of having.

Look around your home right now (or when you get home). What do you see that’s really a necessity? What could you do without?

You already know that most of the world lives with much less than what you see around you. They’d be happy with clean water, shelter, some food. Forget about Macs or big-screen TVs or plush couches or iPhones or closets overflowing with shoes and clothes.

But we also forget that only a few generations ago, our grandparents and great-grandparents also lived with much less, and were perfectly comfortable and happy. Most people had very little other than the necessities and perhaps a radio. Not that long ago, people lived without TVs, cars, microwaves, electric stoves, computers, video game consoles, air-conditioning, washers, dish washers and more. Not that long ago, shopping malls didn’t exist, and ordering from the Sears catalog was a luxury.

What we need is very little: a few changes of clothing at most, a pair of shoes, perhaps a few toiletries (toothpaste, deodorant, soap), some food, a roof over our heads.

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Beating foreclosure

We’re so close to reaching our goal!

Over $4000 raised in just over a month!

Take a look at this map – it shows every city represented by at least one donation.

friends map

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Helping our friends beat foreclosure – update

Stockton, California

It’s been two and a half weeks since I put out a plea to all my blog readers, Twitter friends and Facebook peeps to help our friends beat foreclosure.

The plea was simple — can we get 450 people to donate $10 by Nov 1 to help them keep their house.
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With a little help for our friends

I was looking over the totals that have come in to help our friends beat foreclosure this week.

It’s encouraging to see.

Folks from 2 different countries, 5 different states, people that have never met my friends, are all pitching in to help in a time of need.

To help illustrate this, I put together a quick map highlighting the cities represented thus far.

friends mortgate
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Help a friend beat foreclosure

American Dream, after Grant Wood

UPDATE: I’ve updated the links to Paypal to help track the money coming in easier.

This morning, I sent out a cry for help via Twitter and Facebook ::

Close friend found out home will be foreclosed on Nov 1. Wonder if 450 peeps would donate $10 to cover their deficit…

Need 450 peeps to donate $10 to help friends from losing their house :: http://bit.ly/55Ilf // Please RT

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