Copy by The Simply Luxurious Life
“A good response to consumerism might be not to sacrifice these pleasures and live without lobster and lemons but to appreciate what really goes into providing them. Our desire to have luxury cheaply is the real problem. If the route to your table were dignified and ethical at every stage, a lemon would cost more, of course. BUt maybe then we’d stop taking lemons for granted and find their zest all the keener.” – Alain de Botton.
Gift of living a luxurious life is to live in a state of great comfort. To an outsider the idea of living luxuriously may appear extravagant or unnecessary, but it is interesting to note that defining what comfort or extravagant is changes depending upon one’s time in history, one’s circumstance, one’s personal economic situation and the world’s economic situation.
List of true luxuries – some are tangible things and some are anything but tangible and can only be experienced. The commonality that each of the items has is that in order to appreciate the riches when we are presented with them, we must be mindful of the journey that brought them into our lives. Such a simple lesson and one of the primary keys to living a simply luxurious life.
Here we go
1. A Burberry trench coat
2. Having the ability to think for one’s self and having the strength to do so
3. Access to endless information
4. Saving up for a week long cooking class in Paris Having a few days a week off and vacation time through out the year to do as you please
5. Uderstanding and being willing to pay the full price for a product that pays workers well and respects the environment
6. Having financial security and being a mindful money manager during the good days as well as the rainy days
7. Healthy body and mind that has been tended to and respected for the gift that it is
8. Curiosity which leads to a better understanding of how the world works
9. Having the wisdom to respect that nothing is guaranteed
10.Being able to purchase local food harvested just outside the town in which you live
11.Being able to purchase imported quality food products to enjoy with a meal or to complete a scrumptious recipe
12.Having the freedom to live as you desire as Andre Leon Talley shared in Vogue Living this past year
13.To be able to take control of one’s life, health and the pursuit of happiness in a way that is joyful
14.Looking with quality utensils, pots, pans, cutlery and ovens to prepare homemade meals
15.Snuggling up near a crackling fire with a hot chocolate chaud
16.Buying quality clothing made with precise and expert care
17.Handbag that will gain value as the years pass by
18.Clothes tailored for your body Having time to turn off the tech and the wherewithal to do so
19.Experiencing first-hand a theatric production
20.Access to art To have become the master of your thoughts
21.Having fewer but better items in your life Understanding the difference between need and want, and having the discipline to listen
22.Having control over your emotions and not allowing others the opportunity to push your buttons
23Finding your passion in life and figuring out how to integrate these passions into your day to day life
25.Seeing life as a beautiful gift and adventure and refusing to live someone else’s life
26.Enjoyed without need for approval and applause but merely self-satisfaction and achievement
27.Takes time to come to fruition
28.Doesn’t need pomp and circumstance to attract attention.
It’s top quality when experienced will speak for itself and be its own advertisement Having the opportunity to read something new everyday Feeling comfortable in your own skin Not having the latest and raved about “thing” on the market, but bringing into your life what allows you to live a better and more fulfilling life
After all, innately human beings want to create a better life for themselves. And while we may not always know how, it is when we feel comfortable that we wish to stay there or figure out how to attain that particular feeling.
As Coco Chanel reminds us “Luxury must be comfortable otherwise it is not luxury.” And if we mistakenly purchase excess stuff, we are not making our lives more comfortable but rather bringing more stress into our lives. So it then becomes imperative that we live consciously, make decisions based on sound judgment and what is best for the life we want to live and not the life that others want us to live. Because if we choose to listen to what our lives are trying to tell us, about what works, what doesn’t and why, we can find ourselves living simply luxuriously each and every day in small and large ways.