Simplify

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Keeping track. Scheduling events. Managing appointments. Making lists.

Do you keep a day book?

It’s amazing to read the appointments of yesteryear … the women seemed to accomplish much. They weren’t running here and there … checking e-mails … tuning in for Desperate Housewives (I’ve never watched it, but I’m told it’s good) … or spending precious moments blogging.

They cooked, cleaned and cared for their families with wooden bowls and wash tubs and butter churns and handmade quilts. 

They sewed.  They embroidered. They made do.

And they were organized — something I seem to be lacking this morning. Did they struggle to fold laundry, do the chores and clear out garden beds? Did they decorate their porch for fall or did they actually sit on the porch and enjoy the view?

 

 

 

Today our days are not simple. They’re overly complicated and sometimes wasteful. Some days we feel used up, worn out and tired … but not in an I’ve worked hard, accomplished much sort of way. Exhaustion comes from the more is better, too much is not enough mentality that permeates the world.

So stop.

For one day … maybe it’s today, maybe it’s tomorrow. Just be and do and accomplish. At the end of that day survey your work, take pride in the simple things and enjoy your accomplishments. Oh … and don’t forget to sit on the porch and enjoy the view.

Today.

I must take the kids to archery lessons.

I must work on the computer.

And also today …

I will make applesauce with fresh, fall apples.

I will play a game with my children.

I will make a delicious supper for my husband.

Today — after the necessities and responsibilities are taken care of …

I will focus on family, on making each person feel special and cherished and loved.

Today I will focus on home … because that is where our stories begin.

3 Comments

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    Mother Goose September 28, 2010 (9:34 pm)

    :+) I hope you had a great today!

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    Vicki September 29, 2010 (9:22 am)

    A book you may enjoy is called Simple Abundance A Daybook of Comfort and Joy by Sarah Ban Breathnach.
    Let me know what you think.

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    littletownmom September 29, 2010 (10:53 am)

    I’ve been thinking about this a LOT lately.

    We’re trying to find ways to make our life more simple, and our kids are only 4.

    Our first step. We’ve commited to at least one day of our weekend (Sat/Sun) be spent at home. Excluding church on Sundays!