Sometimes not buying something you want is the right thing to do.
Recently I browsed for old towels at a Goodwill and came upon a gorgeous woven white blanket. It was large, in perfect condition, high quality, and the perfect blanket. It’s cost? $4.99.
But I didn’t need it.
“Get it anyway – it’s too good to pass up” argued with “You don’t need it – leave it for someone else to find.”
I couldn’t resist, so put it in my cart and moved on. But my minimalist self wouldn’t let this go. “Someone else might want it who really needs it!”. I turned back toward the rack to hang the blanket back up and noticed a woman moving along the hanging linens, looking at….blankets. She looked tired and forlorn. Not finding any good blankets, she started to turn away.
“Are you looking for a blanket?”
“Yes, but there aren’t any today.”
“How about this one?” I pulled “my” blanket out of my cart and held it up.
“Oh, it’s gorgeous!”
“It’s yours if you want it. I don’t need it.”
“Oh, no! Get it – it’s too nice for you to pass up!”
“Actually, I kept thinking someone else might want it, so came to put it back. I think that person is you.”
After repeated protests, she finally accepted it and thanked me profusely.
Never have I so enjoyed not buying something as I did that gorgeous blanket.
– Ellie Hadsall
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