Embrace Simple Living
By Cheryl Wright
Simple living is not necessarily about where we live, or the space we call home. It is the melding of mindset and daily practices that allow us to savor the beauty and wonder of life. It encourages a lifestyle of learning to identify, develop and strengthen our God-given gifts and talents to enhance how we live, work and relate to people. It is the realization that imagination and creativity can make life easier and more enjoyable.
When we decide to simplify our lives, our priorities change. We treasure each day and all it brings, being frugal with our time and resources to help create a better quality of life for ourselves and others.
To live simply, is to take the time to slow down instead of rushing through tasks. It is truly seeing, hearing, tasting and touching. It is being deeply aware and appreciative of the immense and intricate beauty, rhythm and seasons of life.
To embark on a life of simple living, is to open the door wide to opportunities to learn, grow, and share knowledge and expertise with others unselfishly, to assist them in reaching their true potential.
If you feel entangled in the complications of modern, everyday living, begin creating a simple life by incorporating the following ideas:
Find and embrace your place in the world.
You are a significant piece in the puzzle of life, but life does not revolve around you. Look beyond yourself. Keep your eyes on God, seek his divine guidance and purpose for your life.
There is freedom in letting go - clutter, self-sabotaging thoughts, negativity from others, burdensome memories and unnecessary worry.
Enjoy doing nothing.
You don’t always have to be engaged in productive endeavors.
Do nothing alone - Relax. Do nothing and savor the rich pleasure of a leisurely day.
Do nothing hectic or profound with people you love - Many of life’s most precious memories are spun from small, seemingly insignificant threads that color our days. Weave them into memories you and your loved ones will cherish forever.
Use what you have.
Instead of thinking in terms of what you want, think in terms of what you have and work with it. Make items do double or triple duty.
Live in the beauty and joy of each moment and be grateful for the things, people. events and circumstances you usually take for granted.
Activities and relationships can be time-consuming and energy-draining. Narrow your list of commitments. Put systems in place to remind you to say, “Wait” and “No” more often. If you honor the boundaries you set, others will also.
Tweak your environment.
A pebble thrown in water creates rings that keep moving outward. So too, simplicity has a multiplying effect. For example, clean, de-clutter and organize one room and you will feel inspired to do the same in other rooms. Eventually, your loved ones will slip into one of those ringsof simplicity, thus increasing the interest and appreciation of the simplicity that comes with a clean, de-cluttered and organized environment.
You don’t have to rush ahead and give up your current life to live a simple life. Begin by re-thinking and fine-tuning your relationship with the people and things in your life. Remove what weighs you down, crowds your creativity, and desensitizes your soul. Then joyfully embrace only what you need to make your life full. Live not just a simple life but a simply wonderful life, one simple thing at a time.
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