I just got a phone call from my bank.
Bank: Hello, we are phoning you to tell you that as a valued customer, we’re sending you a free Visa card, it’ll be free for life.
Me: I don’t want it, but thank you very much.
Bank: But it’s totally free for life.
Me: Yes, but I don’t want another card thanks.
Bank: Can you tell us the reason why you don’t want it?
Me: (OK, I’ll tell her the truth) Because I want to live a simple life and I don’t want to accept things that I don’t need.
Bank: But the reason for the call is to tell you that we are sending you the free card and all the documentation by post.
Me: Can you cancel that please?
Bank: Yes, of course.
Me: Thank you, Bye bye.
One thing I’m finding, is that it takes resilience to live a simple life these days. You have to keep a kind eye out for people and institutions that are constantly keen to keep complicating it for you – and the temptation to say yes and let them!