Sometimes we do things with good intentions, but in spite
good intentions, things go wrong. The outcome of our decisions
surprise us, and usually not in a good way. This has become
known as they "Law of Unintended Consequences."
This term is often used for political decisions, but it applies
to our personal lives as well. When we invest in the stock
market, we don't expect it to crash. At least we know in advance
that the stock market is risky, so we can avoid it if we are not
willing to take that risk.
Here are some examples of consequences to our decision that we
often don't see coming and that affect our goal of simple living.
1. We buy the largest home we can afford, thinking that it will
be a good investment and we will "grow" into it. We fail to
realize how much money and time it will cost to maintain that
home, furnish it, or keep it clean.
2. Trying to save money, we purchase a bagless vacuum cleaner.
Then we discover that it has 3 filters, some hard to reach, that
need frequent cleaning. It would have saved time and aggravation to buy a
3. Wanting the "latest and greatest" we replace our old
appliances with stainless steel. We soon discover how difficult
they are too keep clean, becoming fingerprint experts in the
There are just a few examples of decisions that are made with the
best intentions that backfire on our goal of simple living. So
how do you avoid the "unintended consequences" of decisions that
interfere with simple living goals?
Sometimes you just don't see them coming and they are hard to
avoid. One of the best ways of avoiding problems is to talk to
other people who have made similar decisions to see how they felt
about them. Or you can do research on the Internet. You don't
have to reinvent the wheel.
When it comes to buying things, there are product reviews for
almost everything you want to buy on the Internet.
No matter what problem or decision you are facing, there are
people that have been in your shoes. Talk to friends and family,
read, and gain wisdom before making the big decisions in your
If you want to live a simple life, make your choices carefully.
Eliminate the negative "unintended consequences" and make life
About the Author: Nikki Willhite,
mother of 3 and an interior design graduate, has been writing and publishing
articles on the topic of
frugal living for over a
decade. Visit her at
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