Keep Life Simple! It sounds like such a SIMPLE thing to do, doesn’t it? Sometimes it takes some work to get it to the place of being simple. It definitely takes some planning and making certain choices. Life is such a big thing, and sometimes we feel like we need to do more and do it faster in order to do it all! How’s that working for you? I know from past experience that it’s very stressful.
Life can be complicated enough all by itself. Why do more that makes it that much more busy and complicated? So much in life is out of our control, but those out of control things are so much easier to deal with if you’re coming from a calm place.
I used to work in my own insurance business for about 25 years. It was a good thing and provided me with a lot. But it was a busy and stressful time in my life. Now I must admit that a lot of the busyness and stress was just due to the time in my life, with 2 young boys. They were involved in a lot of activities in addition to the busy life that we had. Could it have been designed to be a little calmer, less busy and simpler? In looking back, the answer is YES! I tried to do too much!
Now I’m at a place in my life, older and wiser perhaps, where it’s the simple things that make me truly happy. I sold my insurance agency and now I work from home. I’ve learned to slow down, be still, take time. And as I was reminded by a facebook friend of mine yesterday, Happiness isn’t about just affirmations and happy quotes all day. It’s about enjoying real life, being grateful for the little things, and helping others do the same! It’s about the simple things. The quiet calm and peace that a pretty day brings. The day spent in the woods climbing a fire tower with your grandchildren.
The birds singing in the early morning when no other sounds are heard yet.
The little rooster salt and pepper shakers that a friend gave me.
Something about seeing these in my kitchen that takes me to a homey, cozy place in my head that just feels good. These are the things that happiness is made of. Happiness is an internal warmth and peaceful feeling that is felt when you slow down and keep life simple.
Why do we have to fill our calendar up with activities? Take a close look and decide which ones are really necessary. Why do we need to purchase every material thing that seems so enticing to be able to have? Do we really NEED all that? Spend the money on an experience instead. The happiness that the memory of an experience will provide will last a lot longer than the happiness that the newest greatest “thing” will provide.
Give up spending money on what you don’t need in an effort to buy happiness. Living simply allows the space for life to flow. We complicate our lives by spending too much money and filling our home with “things”. Less is truly more.
My son and his family are here visiting from Spokane for a total of 3 weeks. They’ll be here about 5 more days. Their time is spent between his wife’s family, our family and sometimes both families together. Their 2 children (one more due in August!) are 2 of the soon to be 6 joys of our life, but they are active happy fun normal little kids! What that means is that we are tired and sleep well when they are here. I have learned to enjoy and simplify with them here so that I’m not stressed and grouchy! I clean when they aren’t here. I only get on the computer when they aren’t here or are in bed. I’m not worrying about the clothes and toys and stuff laying all over the place, which the old me used to do! And we’re doing things with them that don’t cost a lot of money.
By keeping my life as simple as I can I’m much calmer, more relaxed, enjoying and loving my time with them, and happier!
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