Is there a women today who does not yearn for a simpler life? But for what do we yearn? To chuck it all in and open up a bed and breakfast in Vermont? Or could it be something more fundamental, like the simple pleasure of concentrating on one task at a time?
Once we take stock of our lives and let gratitude begin its transformative work, the next step on the path unfolds naturally. When we appreciate how much we have, we feel the urge to pare down, get back to basics and learn what is essential for our happiness. we long to realize what's really important. Is it more important for you to work overtime to buy that new dining room set or to attend Little League games? Perhaps you could refinish the table and chairs you now have and add some colorful cushions. These choices are part of simplifying our lives. Welcome them. They are part of the authentic journey.
Many people believe simplicity implies doing without. On the contrary. True simplicity as a conscious life choice illuminates our lives from within. True simplicity is both buoyant and bountiful, able to liberate depressed spirits from the bondage and burden of extravagance and excess. True simplicity can elevate ordinary moments, dreary lives, and even inanimate objects as anyone who has ever looked at an exquisite piece of Shaker furniture will attest from the mundane to the transcendent.
Less can mean more for those of us on the Simple Abundance path. Today, just think about how appealing simplicity can be. Visualize a bouquet of bright yellow daffodils in a white milk jug on a pine mantel, sunlight streaming through sparkling clean window's the shine of beautifully varnished wooden floors, the shimmering glow and fragrance of pure beeswax candles. Trust that through the balm of simplicity your frazzled and weary soul can discover the place where you out to be. Every day offers us simple gifts when we are willing to search our hearts for the place that's right for each of us.
I need to read this as much as you will. With all to be done with the greenhouse, and our gardens I need to think about simple things enjoy because every day being outside there is so much to be thankful for and to enjoy. Take time and see one thing that makes us smile and helps with making life simple. Till next time, this is Becky Litterer from Becky's Greenhouse, Dougherty Iowa