It’s a sunny spring day here, and I am inspired to accomplish much, including making some honest commitments to do good for myself. Along with eating well (which I am doing), I want to sincerely simplify my life. Who doesn’t?
Chances are, you might share this characteristic with me — making things harder than they have to be. Why do we do this?
So, as we strive to make every day simple and less complicated, let’s make note of our steps along the way. Here are a few things I’ve done in the few months since starting this blog:
- More times for crafts/hobbies
- Increased environmental awareness
- Planning meals better
I keep saying I’m ready to clear out the clutter, but I have yet to make the giant leap. I’m taking baby steps in that regard, I suppose.
Life is easy, right?
Live in the now, filled with compassion for yourself and others, with no attachments.
Like I’ve said before, it is definitely easier said than done. It fails to mention the small stuff, right? The bills, the errands, the cleaning. But isn’t that part of the “now”? And isn’t there a book about not sweating the small stuff and another about chopping wood, carrying water?
When I think about choices I’ve made in my life that seemingly complicate things, I daresay that these choices have also helped me. Lessons come my way that illuminate my ways of thinking, my way of life. Without the attention the “drama” brings, I may not have noticed my own patterns of behavior.
It’s finally Friday of what has been a particularly difficult week with the kids. A friend of mine agreed that she, too, had a hard week but didn’t know if it was her or the kids. Were my week and the kids really difficult, or did I make it so because I let my ego get in the way? Did I get trapped somewhere not in the present, lose some compassion and get too attached to what I thought had to get done or be done? Sounds to me like a sure recipe for a rough week. I wish I would have thought of that on Monday.
So this weekend, go forth with awareness, love and non-attachment. It’ll be a weekend. That’s all we can promise. May it be a simple one.
(photo from everystockphoto.com, by Henkster)