More on ‘the not so big life’ by Sarah Susanka: For the chapter I most recently finished, the exercise at the end was titled Changing Your Behavior. For this exercise the reader was to pick 3 things to change about their life for the next 6 months. Before making decisions, she gives the reader questions regarding things about their appearance and routines they follow. From the list of responses these questions evoked, the reader is to rank them from one to 5 regarding how attached they are to them, “with 5 being the most attached and one being the least attached”. The next decision was which 3 items to change in my life.
My first pick is to stop eating while watching TV, and to eat at either a dining height table or kitchen bar instead, sans TV even as a background. This choice is definitely a 5 for me. For as long as I can remember I have eaten meals in front of the TV. When I was a kid there was a TV in the kitchen, where we ate the majority of our meals. Much of my adult life I have taken my meals to the room with the TV. Without children in my life, there simply has rarely been a need to move dinner to the dining table.
As both a reward and an enticement to change this thoroughly engrained habit, I decided I would buy a bouquet for the dining room table. Flowers are not something I often splurge on. This normally occurs only when the daffodils appear in the grocery Floral Department. I can't resist their happy little faces, and am encouraged by the spring weather they forecast. Much to my delight, I found this beautiful bouquet discounted to $2.50. Really, it’s huge. Bigger than anything I had in mind. It’s already lasted two days with very few losses. To me, finding an amazing deal on something I wouldn’t normally have bought is serendipitous! Added bonus: I’ve only watched 1 hour of TV in nearly 3 days.