Sunday, February 20, 2005

So much to do...yet the desire to simplify

I have so many things on my to do list. Update the webpages at Far Flung Crafts, do my 9-5 job, work on Bonnie's heritage album, scrapbook pages for my children, play with my kids. Oh, yeah, not to mention, cook, clean, shop for food...and get some sleep. How do we do all of our daily living activities and still get the peace and quiet? How do we simplify and get in touch with what is important while dealing with life? I re-read part of Anne Morrow's Gift From The Sea today. I laughingly think of her life, so much more hectic, yet so much more simple than mine. After all she took the part summer off, away from her kids to write the book! But, anyway, the part of the book I am reading talks about finding a balance. Sometime we need to find a balance, sometimes it is not possible (like now for me) but I will strive to get back to the middle again. Here is Anne's quote "I must find a balance somewhere, or an alternating rhythm between solitude and communion, between retreat and return."

Anne also talks about living at the beach as a way of living more simply. She talks about living at the beach more simply but these steps are still good to think about.

1. Shedding, how little one can get along with. Which flows down through the other steps and ultimately one sheds their pride as well.

2. Shelter. What level does one need and to what level do you need to maintain it? Does your house have to be spotless? Does it have to be a mansion?

3. Shed those "useless" friends. Or in my own terms, get down to those few friends that are really your friends, not just some others you see for the sake of seeing someone.

How little can one get along with and still live a full life? Perhaps, at this point and time, it is not possible, but I can still dream.



1 comment:

Medjool said...

I love this one from Gift from the Sea: "I only allow people into my shell with whom I can be completely genuine." (closely paraphrased, anyways ;)

Glad to have you visit my shell. :)


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