Learning to Live a Simple Life, Pt. 1

Everything we possess that is not necessary for life and happiness becomes a burden, and scarcely a day passes that we do not add to it. ~ Robert Brault

I came back from our stay at my father-in-law’s with a new commitment. Honestly!

Dad has a fairly large house, and it’s full to overflowing with STUFF. Not much that we really want. Plenty to be sorted through when the time comes.

As a society, we’ve gotten past the ‘pass it on’ mentality. I already have a house full of my own accumulations. I don’t need more pots and pans, furniture, VCR tapes or collectibles. If you’re facing a similar scenario, you probably don’t either!

So we’ll need a BIG dumpster and an auctioneer. In the meantime, I’m going to downsize my own clutter and accumulation so my daughter doesn’t have to … (Love you, Jen!) Maybe it’s time for you to find ways to downsize your own life.

Simplicity.

What does the word mean to you? The dictionary defines it as ‘freedom from complexity, or the absence of luxury, pretentiousness or ornament’.

  • What image does it evoke?
  • A log cabin and a wood fire?
  • A house with minimal furnishings?
  • Perhaps a schedule with nothing scheduled?

A simple life is just that: uncomplicated, uncluttered and content. Peaceful.
To live a simple life means getting rid of whatever does not give you value.

The next question becomes, “What is valuable to you?”
The answers are as individual as you are, but you need to spend some time really thinking about this one. Often, we think that ‘stuff’ has value because of its cost to our lives. Not true. Price tag does not equal value or benefit.

Often, the very things we strive to get become burdensome after we get them.

  • A bigger house requires more time and energy to maintain
  • Collections need dusted and shuffled from shelf to shelf
  • Adult ‘toys’ such as boats, RV’s, or motorcycles consume huge quantities
    of money and time. Fun? Surely. Simple? NOT!

So, spend some time over the next few days thinking about what matters most to you and what you can do without. Then check back for the next post for some simple ways to life a simple life.

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