I can temporarily live without…

Today’s Daily Prompt asks

What’s the one luxury you can’t live without?

Photographers, artists, poets: show us LUXURY.

Thanks for the prompt idea, Jess!

What do we need to live?

Food, water, air to breathe, clothing and shelter, (perhaps medical care as well) and last but not least companionship.

Is anything more than this a luxury?

Is access to writing materials a luxury?  Is owning one or more musical instruments a luxury?  Is having the materials for craft a luxury?

I don’t usually take a musical instrument with me when I go away from home, but when I could hear live music nearby I tried to listen and would have liked to know who was playing and who the listeners were.  I deduced that there were at least two players (on a keyboard) at different times.   The piano is my favourite instrument and is not something easily transported.  Pianists have to rely on playing other people’s instruments when they are away from home.  I am an amateur pianist and do not play every day even though I have a piano.  It is an old piano and playing it always means making sounds – hopefully not just noise! It is not always convenient if I am not home alone.  I much prefer playing it to a keyboard, where I could keep the sounds to myself with earphones.  The keys work differently.

I don’t take my laptop away with me either.  If I spend time with either of my married children, I might be allowed some time on a computer.  I recently went away for a week, knowing that I would not have access to a computer.  I hardly missed it.  My blog posts were scheduled in advance.  I may have missed some wonderful posts from bloggers I follow, but I caught up with several of those on my return.

I did take a notebook with me, though.

On the train journey home an overheard phrase caused me to unpack it from my travelling bag and jot down related phrases and sayings.  I have the basis for a future post on my other blog.

Last time I was away for more than a couple of nights I ended up doing three craft projects.  I wrote a post about those.

This time I left my knitting at home and did not acquire any new craft projects.

So perhaps a luxury is something we can manage without, are happier if we have and are likely to take for granted if it is constantly available.

St Paul knew how to live with little or plenty and he had the best companion of all.  Philippians 4:20-21 (NIV)

I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty.  I have learned the secret of being content in any situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want.  I can do everything through him who gives me strength.