Living intentionally isn’t always easy. Nothing is easy all of the time. It actually makes some aspects of life more difficult.
When we put away the things that don’t matter to make room for the things that do, there is so much room for misunderstandings among friends and family.
Is it worth the time and effort and potential for uncomfortable moments in personal relationships?
My answer: A resounding yes!
When I say no to an invitation to a party or a play date with the kids, I’m saying yes to spending quality time with my family.
When I sell or donate family heirlooms that were given to me by someone else who didn’t want them, I’m not saying they are not cherished. I’m simply choosing to craft an environment that is suitable for my family. We know memories do not live in things, rather they live in our minds.
When I choose to minimize my possessions, I’m saying that spending my time with the people I love is more important than managing things.
A few years ago, I began a concerted effort to rid my home of unwanted stuff. These past few months have allowed me the opportunity to declutter my schedule as well. By doing so, I have been able to embrace the creativity that has been put on hold for a quarter of a century and cultivate a simplified life. I made this sign for my Zazzle shop as a reminder to keep life simple.
Our life is frittered away by detail… simplify, simplify.
-Henry David Thoreau-