Thursday, February 17, 2011


I'm pawing through my box of spring flower catalogs, looking at all the pretty pictures and salivating at the delicious vegetable names. Then, i realize, i have never, ever placed an order with this particular company. Why don't i save a tree and take myself off the mailing list?

I call 1-800-whatever-their-number-is and press 5 for customer service. When i hear a live person on the other end of the phone, i say, "Can you take me off your mailing list?"

Limiting my inventory of catalogs is a form of renunciation. I think of it as voluntary simplicity. I am simplifying my life, and simplifying the company's mailing list too. Perhaps i can save a few tree branches, if not an entire tree.

Voluntary simplicity reduces my stress, and also the stress on my bookshelf, which is groaning under the weight of all those catalogs.

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