What Happens When You’re Stuck on the Journey to Simplicity?
Lately, I’ve been feeling stuck on this journey I’ve undertaken to live more quietly and modestly. I want to do a lot of decluttering and cleaning but well, I just haven’t. I want to be more intentional about how I spent my money, but lately, I have been impulsive instead. So right now I feel stuck in neutral, wondering how to get started again.
Here is what I plan to do:
- Remember to take on commitments intentionally –keeping in mind what my larger goals are. I can say sorry, I’m busy, even if my busy is reading a good book on the deck.
- Recognize that simplicity is a stepping stone to a richer life – one that is not based on the abundance of my possessions but on the abundance of love and adventure in my life.
- Remember that our culture will always say I need more of the latest and greatest stuff but what I really need is more time, rest and joy. Material possessions simply cannot give me that.
- Take a 30 day spending break and only buy essential consumables
- Clean out my closets one at a time and get rid of the things in them that I no longer need or use.
I am currently reading Refresh – Embracing a Grace-Paced Life in a World of Endless Demands by Shona and David Murray. In the chapter on rest, she says of taking Sabbath rest, as well as longer vacations, that “We leave behind our frantic pace of life for a time to re-calibrate our speed, to get a perspective on where we are going and why. We pause to remember God’s role in our lives, to worship Him for His all-sufficient grace, and to keep our eye on the ultimate horizon of eternity. One of the devil’s best weapons is noise. Just as people use white noise to block out other noise, Satan uses lifestyle noise to block out God’s voice.” What a great reminder of the importance of rest on a regular basis.
I am grateful for the life that God has given us. My husband and I are rich with love, family, health, and fun. I am choosing to focus on simplicity again.