Another great suggestion………….my only challenge with it is…………….another GREAT idea that needs to be ‘implemented’ OR another great book or another great list or another etc etc etc.
In our already stressful life filled with STUFF we want or try to add more STUFF!!!!!
I love your site, it definitely is nutrition for the soul BUT sometimes all I want is…..a no brainer.
Where is my automatic watering system?
He really got me thinking.
About information, stuff, and noise overload.
The internet has burst into our world. Technology has brought us social networking, iPhones, texting, multiple cable and dish TV channels.
Modern living seems so convenient, yet is often full of depression, drugs, and alcohol. There is pressure to produce more, to keep up with our neighbors, to keep our jobs.
Alternative Living communities and lifestyles have arisen as a response to dissatisfaction with modern living.
Wikipedia gives us some examples of alternative lifestyle movements:
- Nudism and clothing optional lifestyles.
- Living in unusual communities, such as communes, intentional communities or ecovillages.
- Lifestyle travelers, homebirths, homeschooling, home gardening, housetruckers, New Age travellers, vegetarianism, vegan-ism freeganism, meditation, hypnosis, reincarnation and feng shui.
- Alternative spiritual practices.
- Alternative medicine and natural methods of medical care or herbal remedies as medication.
Here’s a video to make you think:
Whether you agree or disagree with this community of people, they have summoned the courage to live differently.
Read the Story of the Princess Without A Palace
As I sought to think more deeply about simplicity, I found this short story about the princess without a palace.
I’m not going to give the story away, but it’s going to illustrate the healing power of simple living when you read it.
You can simplify your life with the following quotes about simple living.
Reflect on These Simple Living Quotes
The ability to simplify means to eliminate the unnecessary so that the necessary may speak. ~Hans Hofmann, Introduction to the Bootstrap, 1993
What can you say no to?
What do you need to say yes to?
Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication. ~Leonardo DaVinci
The term sophistication can have a snobbish feel to it. Yet to me it means that an individual has worked hard to discern what really matters in life, and to live her/his life so. I’ll ask you again: Have you discovered your purpose, vision, goals, and values? If not, take the time to do so.
Simplicity, simplicity, simplicity! I say, let your affairs be as two or three, and not a hundred or a thousand instead of a million count half a dozen, and keep your accounts on your thumb-nail. ~Henry David Thoreau
Beware the barrenness of a busy life. ~Socrates
Here’s a practical application of this quote.
I know couples who have made God, Family, Career, and Family their top priorities.
They then got an hour by hour chart of a week.
And they schedule ongoing and future activities into their schedule to make sure that those top priorities have time allotted to them.
Examine the roles in your life. You may be a worker, a friend, a family member, a community service volunteer, a volunteer at your church, etc. Which of these roles are lacking the attention it deserves? Are you overly invested in some roles that keep you busy just so that you can avoid the hard work another role demands?
Busyness can also be our way of avoiding that which we most want. We may be limiting ourselves from pursuing that Dream or from seeking deeper relationships because a) we don’t know where to begin or b) we’re afraid of failing. Acknowledge the problem. But then use the energy you’ve expended to stay busy by working to do that which really matters to you.
Who is rich? He who rejoices in his portion. ~The Talmud
Take time to add contentment and savoring to your life. Give thanks daily for your blessings. Enjoy the simple pleasures of nature and your relationships.
Some Resources For Simple Living
The Celebration of Discipline, written by Stephen Foster, is one of my favorite Christian books on Christian living. His chapter on Simplicity offers a Christian perspective to living simply.
It Doesn’t Have To Be This Way
Plato said that the unexamined life is not worth living. You can get off the treadmill. You don’t have to live a complex life. You can work to pare your life down to what really matters. It will take time, work, and energy. But you can do it!
What are you going to do this week to simplify your life?