There are a lot of things in life you could make do or do without.
You can make do with a bicycle and do without a car, make do with hand me downs and do without expensive clothes, make do with deodorant and do without perfume, make do with cooking your own meals and do without posh dining, make do with small inexpensive get togethers and do without lavish parties, make do or do without negative friends, make do with your own time and do without time wasters, and so on and so forth…
When you make do or do without, you learn the art of adaptation. This is not to say you are compromising on principles, it really depends on what principles you have in the first place, but the fact that you are reading this post probably makes you a make do/do without person in which case you would be upholding the very principle of “waste not, want not” in high regard.
Waste not, want not is as it suggests. It’s every environmentalist mantra. Making do and doing without applies to things you lack or don’t have. Waste not want not applies to things you already have and/or are thinking about buying/consuming. For an excellent article that espouses this waste not want not mantra read Minette Marrin’s article.
So what is it of you that requires the ability to adapt you might ask?
Very simply your attitude, habits, perspective and psychological response to certain situations. For example, you move into a new house but you have no bed… in this situation you learn to do without a bed and make do with the floor.
In order to do this well your attitude adapts to a positive one, you think to yourself sleeping on the floor is a good chance for me to straighten up my back! Your perspective also needs to adapt in order for you to be able to even think outside the box in the first place. Your psychological response when your back rests on that hard floor requires you to feel a little uncomfortable knowing that over time it will become less so. Do it often enough and your habits will also change and adapt to the new routine of sleeping on the floor. In no time you come to the realisation that, “you know what… it’s actually not that bad sleeping on the floor…” Having the want not mentality here helps. If you think this sounds like it has a lot of parallels with the Zen Buddhist mentality of be/do/have, your right. Wherever you are, whatever situation you find yourself in always “be” first. The “do” and “have” will follow naturally and reflect what you are being.
There is one caveat. All purposeful decisions we make are in actual fact economic decisions. There really is no escaping from this fact. It is the natural order of things. We live in a scarce world, we have scarce means to achieve scarce ends. This applies equally to everyone. When we make the economic decision to make do or do without we are choosing one set of conditions over all other conditions available before us which can now not happen because time and resources that are spent on one condition cannot be spent on another. This makes all economic choices mutually exclusive with one another.
To use the same example above. When we decide to do without a bed. We are choosing the convenience of sleeping now vs spending time on acquiring a bed. We are also choosing to save money vs spending money. We are also choosing less comfort over more comfort.
You get the drift…
For this first post on making do and doing without… I have a real corker for you.
Do without shampoo.
Why? Because you hair doesn’t need it. All you need is a good rinse and massage with your fingers in good ol’fashion water. If you didn’t choose science as a kid in school, let me tell you now that water is the universal solvent and a great one at that too.
Without shampoo you hair and scalp will retain it’s natural oils.
Now it’s not for everybody but those lucky enough to wean their hair off shampoo will relish the freedom they gain. You can do a google for no poo and 99% of the articles are written by woman for woman. If you are a man don’t let that put you off. I surely wasn’t. Nopoo does not discriminate. I personally have thick straight black hair. When I use to use shampoo my hair was always very dry and unworkable. Since being on the nopoo routine (and it’s been about a year now) My hair feels better than ever, it doesn’t itch, frizzle or tangle and it has rid me of dandruff as well… how can it be so simple? I don’t know and I don’t care… I’m sure there is a conspiracy theory out there somewhere about the haircare industrial complex. All I know is that it works for me.
Now… when I say no poo I really mean no poo. A lot of people will replace shampoo with a vinegar/cider/baking soda/conditioner/honey/tea tree oil type solution… I use none of that stuff. Like I’ve said before, just water and a good scrub and massage. You may be different. So experiment on yourself
If you ever go on and stay on the no poo routine just think of all the hair care products you will never buy for the rest of your life… that’s what I call a win-win-win situation. Save money, gain freedom, better hair.