I was just reading a post (and the subsequent forum thread) over at Simple Makes, that posed the question - are people really living simply, or basically just gave up and can't do any better? The forum had some good posts, and interesting insight. I definitely believe it's the first choice, just because we've been in more situations where we've been doing too well financially for our own good. Sometimes the choice to live simply has been conscious, and there have been times it's been forced upon us, but not unwillingly. I don't think that simple living folks don't want to make money - quite the contrary. I think they are more financially sound and sometimes make more money than the rest. Like us, they try to work at jobs that are fulfilling, and they stay out of debt.
'Tis the gift to be simple,
'tis the gift to be free,
'tis the gift to come down where you ought to be,
And when we find ourselves in the place just right,
It will be in the valley of love and delight.