But it set me thinking: what else is there in my life which I perceive as a nuisance but which is really a treat? I like to think that with my frugal mindset, I'm good at appreciating the joy of small things, but a quick look at my weekend shows that, like the mackerel, that's not always the case! Gardening in the rain? Well yes, it did seem rather a nuisance. Er, no! I spend a lot of my life indoors, so actually any opportunity to be outdoors is a treat! Haircut? Bit of a nuisance to have to spend more than I'd like and use up an hour of my Saturday morning? (If anyone can tell me a way to frugally maintain my short hair that doesn't involve Husband and his clippers, I'd love to know!) No! The Hairdressers at my little salon are great fun, and it's an enjoyable way to spend time, if not money. Giving up our living room so Daughter and friend can have a sleepover on the sofabed? Husband definitely thought this one was a big nuisance! Well actually, no! There is life beyond the living room.
So treat mentality became my focus this weekend! Reframing or putting a positive spin on things never hurts, and if I'm blessed enough to have 400g of delicious smoked mackerel sitting in my fridge, life can't be bad. (Although I will be avoiding consumable BOGOFs and Twofers in the future, unless I can be sure they'll be eaten.)
If you'd like more cod psychology, this whole fish debacle reminded me of the professional development course that Husband went on a few years ago, where he learnt about (and for all of about 5 minutes, was quite inspired by) the Seattle Pike Place Fish Co. You can find out more about the four components: Be there, Play, Make their day, and Choose your attitude, here. I guess my treat mentality is not so far away from 'choose your attitude'. HOLY MACKEREL!