From bad comes good – well, that’s the plan!

My daughter and I had a lovely time at Kirkstall Abbey deli market this afternoon, despite the fact there were no people selling apples, even though I understand this is Apple Weekend.

Sadly, the day was marred by someone helping themselves to my purse, either in the playground across the road from the market or at the Asian supermarket we went to afterwards. Fortunately, the purse didn’t have a lot of cash in it, and I’ve now all but finished the round of emails and phone calls to cancel the old set of cards and order replacements. However, I am sad about losing the purse, which was relatively new and quite expensive.

At the same time, I realise I have been carrying far too much around with me in that purse – for the next week or so until I’m back on track (if I return to my old ways), I think my shoulders will thank me for having a lighter bag. And I also realise that even the virtual world of the internet, my life is normally tied up in the virtual world of bits of plastic instead.

Yet, during the coming days I know I will still function very well without all the bank cards, store loyalty cards and other paraphenalia I generally carry around. I will undoubtedly find it quite liberating not to have to fight temptation: if it’s not in my purse, then it’s too bad. So, will I then take the next step and do things more like next week than last into the future?

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About Helen

I have always been interesting in living a more environmentally friendly lifestyle and used to do what I could. Now, I have come to realise that we have reached such a point in terms of environmental degradation that it is more important - perhaps - to focus on building resilience. I therefore do as much as I can to reuse, grow my own and encourage a supportive community, for example. I also keep reading and learning all the time.
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9 Responses to From bad comes good – well, that’s the plan!

  1. Was your purse a shoulder bag?

    • In the UK, purse means what you put your money/credit cards in. So, my purse was in my shoulder bag, hence my shoulders carrying around a lot!

      • I’m sorry to hear about your experience. Here in America, the words purse and shoulder bag are interchangeable. Although for us, a purse can also mean a small bag that you put in a larger purse or a shoulder bag or pocketbook or handbag or clutch! Well, what I was getting at with my question “Was your purse a shoulder bag?” is that I was wondering if the thief cut the straps of your shoulder bag and ran off with it, or just pulled it off your shoulder. My sister had that happen to her in broad daylight (in NY). Like a true New Yorker, she ran after the thief! She didn’t catch him but she found her purse on top of a garbage can in an alley. The contents were empty. A few weeks later, she saw the thief in a car but I don’t think he was ever apprehended.

        When I traveled in Italy and France, before I left the US, I purchased a pocket-purse that you wear around your neck. I kept money, credit cards, and passport in it under my clothes.

  2. gardensunshine says:

    Man that really sucks. It is so hard not to carry around all that stuff. 😦

    • That’s the thing! I had in all in the purse so that I always had it in case of emergency, so I could be spontaneous etc. However, that is not good for managing money on a budget, so this is a wake-up call of a kind πŸ™‚

  3. PJ Girl says:

    I’m sorry to hear about your purse… the inconvenience as well as the cost is such a pain!

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