I have been pondering this idea of simplicity. My own mantra is "Live life simply and naturally, surrounded by people and things you love." But what does that mean? It may mean different things to different people, but what does it mean to me? For one thing, it means eating as fresh, seasonally and even locally as I can (except for chocolate which is exempt for medicinal reasons.) It means going without as often as possible. It means not taking on more "projects" than I can handle. It means giving myself permission to sit and read or write when I know I need a break. It is recognizing the good in my life and the world and not wasting it. It means going through every room, drawer and closet at least twice a year and discarding or donating what we no longer use or love. I wish I could remember where I first heard the idea of only having things in your home that are useful or make you smile. That is a good start. I have always kept a tight budget. I never buy on impulse and usually think so long about buying something I want that eventually I realize I don't need it at all. Makes shopping simple. But it is more than that. Simplicity is a state of mind and a frame of reference for everything. I know that I can do with less. I know I am actually happier with less. Less stuff, less stress, less food, less money, less clothes, less waste, less house, less over-scheduling, less hassle, less excess. Less is more! More time with the family, more love, more energy, more peace, more joy, more contentment, more me! Simple living keeps us in the present. We do not hold on to the things of the past that are no longer of value to us. We prepare for the future without always anxiously looking for "what comes next." Simple joys, simple foods, simple surroundings, simple abundance, simple gratitude, and simply loving life!
Quote of the Day: "Daydreaming of the past and longing for the future may provide comfort, but will not take place of living in the present."
---Thomas S. Monson