Submerge the Urge to Splurge

They say ‘Do Not Hoard’,
Declutter your life & cupboard,
Go not for all you can afford,
Stick to what fits your fold,

Let’s not hop, jump & plod,
Over things covered in mold,
Hunting for things to be found,
Amidst ever growing mounds,

Free the mind of sickly bonds,
Do not grow way too fond,
Part with the extra load,
Loosen that vice-grip hold,

Walk down the generous road,
Make happy some poor sod,
That’s the true path to God,
Make it’s weight worth in gold.

Every age of human history has seen battles that have been instrumental in moulding the future… battles fought with tactics & ammunition. They become part of our heritage, our valour. We take home hard lessons (which makes for ‘harder lessons’ in school History books) from every battle won or lost. We plot & ponder, discuss & debate, about things long gone by & make strategies and weapons that will ensure our futures ‘bye bye’. Ironically amidst all these great battles fought & taught, we are still clueless as to how to win the Battle of Life (can’t recollect learning any such valuable skills at school/college; was busy cramming ‘knowledge which is yet to be of any use’, not to be a scholar but to earn a collar & ultimately pocket some dollars). Colonies are being planned on Mars, sadly Indian education system is yet to get ‘paar’ colonial times.

In our fast paced & tech laced, cut throat & stress wrought lives, we fight not one, but many losing battles, everyday -  battle of nerves to the battle of the bulge, battle of wills to the battle of wits, battle of sexes to the battle of exes… not to forget the epic battle of them all – Battle of Splurge. With unlimited online shopping options & offers that make duffers out of us, Splurge is the new rage. But mates, if Splurge is your first name, do ensure Generous is your last name otherwise Grievous is soon going to be your middle name & Battle of the Clutter your next game. Take it from an Army wife who has had more than enough (roaming states/cities, the shopping prospects multiply ad infinitum) to appreciate that ‘less is more’.

Although I still fervently believe & agree with John Keats that ‘A thing of beauty is a joy forever’, I have learned through ‘experience’ (what a school teacher she would have made) that it is not always good to let our homes & heads ‘burst’ with too much of that joy. So I have started taking baby steps (since they say, success is the sum of small efforts repeated day in & day out) in downsizing my life, & enjoying the ‘lightness of being’ in the process.

Although I have given away most of my children’s outgrown toys… I held onto some teeny weeny bits (habits die hard) which I used to do up some green arrangements. Please take a look.

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Nested a ‘birdie’ inside an abandoned nest for this cutesy arrangement.


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Some miniature cows & flowers from the kids dairy collection found their way on the carpet grass planted inside a glass bowl.




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Simple mini moss arrangements rose a notch higher with the use of these tiny toys.


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Toys put to good use to make these ‘divine’ pot arrangements.

Einstein said that the more possessions you keep, the unhappier you are. Now guys, you don’t want to stay unhappy right!!! So declutter (but do save some to make some).