Any person making a significant life change will be familiar with that initial uncomfortable period between making sacrifice and seeing fruit. It’s much like hiking up a mountain with an obscured summit. As the intensity increases, we may start to wonder 1) if we’ll reach a “better” place; and 2) if we do, will it be worth what we gave up to get there.
Dave and I are in that uncomfortable place. We have reduced our belongings by about 80%, put our house (which we adore) on the market, and said “no” to desirable new activities. We have announced our intent to create margin to the world and have burned the figurative boat behind us. Yet, truth be told, we are now finding our life to be more hectic and expensive than ever. It can be discouraging.
Fortunately, when the doubts begin to creep in, I need only look at our dog, Mr. Darcy, to be reminded of the basics:
- You don’t need to know where you’re going to enjoy the walk.
- As long as the pack is together, it’s all good.
- You don’t need to own stuff to give to people.
- Even big changes are manageable when you have something upon which to chew.
- Drooling over other people’s stuff will only get you a puddle of saliva.
Who knew the furry Mr. Darcy could teach us so much?
Originally posted on http://SimpleLifeReboot.com