(Modified from a post from 2011)
I’ve been struggling of late to simplify my life — a rather difficult task I might add. There is simply too much of everything, too many distractions, and I need peace. The problem of simplification is a common struggle among my friends and family.
“Life is really simple, but we insist on making it complicated.“ ~ Confucius
Nothing could be more true. I am confident that I am the main distraction I must battle complications in my life.
Good thing my friend Jo is moving “home” to be my “bouncer”. LOL. (sad thing she moved far away again)
Today I read the conference talk by Pres. Dieter F. Uchtdorf entitled Of Things That Matter Most. It reminded me how simple life used to be.
With modern conveniences and downright addiction to constant forward progress the idea of living a “simple life” has nearly become nothing but a novelty … or so it would seem.
Living a simple life is simply living.
Simple living is filled with smiles and laughs, not complicated and jam-packed schedules. Eating simple means less processed foods. Drinking simple means more water with lemon and less soda. Cleaning simple means making my own products from vinegar, baking soda, and borax. Living simple means cutting out the fat (needless commitments and doing what a social group insists on) and making time to enjoy basic pleasures (reading, gardening, cooking, swimming, walking, chatting … etc.). What simple living is not: a sacrifice – in fact, it is a revived indulgence – indulgence in what is truly good.
The word simple is, by nature, simple – just 6 letters. Almost anyone can spell “simple”. Just ask the word “simple” how to live simply: stick to the basics, splurging now and then with a few vowels.
Today was a day to take a machete to things in my life that don’t make me feel alive. Simple, no?
They say Leonardo da Vinci said “Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication.”
I love this quote!
I am determined to bring simplicity into my crazy, noisy life.
Things I did today to “simplify” matters:
Began the day with 30 minutes of yoga (still working on making that a simple habit).
Home schooled my kids (sadly, they are all grown and I no longer home school them).
Spent some quiet time in my scriptures and in prayer (yes!)
Had a delicious salad for lunch (Yes!)
Rode my bike to the library with my youngest (nope. She won’t do that with me any more.)
Made my own laundry soap
Started a Goodwill pile
Made a simple meal for dinner from my once-a-month cooking stock (now it’s a simple meal with veggies from my garden).
Visited my chiropractor to do something just for me (yes!)