He was, of course, right … though I did not want to admit it.
Fortunately, we both had other pressing commitments, otherwise I would have had to acknowledge that taking steps to simplify our life continues to be anything but a smooth or simple process.
BUT – IT IS WORTH IT
In moments of doubt, it helps to reflect upon why a commitment to the essentials is worth the effort. The “why” can be summed up in one word, “beauty”. We are simplifying in order to live a beautiful life.
WHAT DOES A LIFE OF BEAUTY LOOK LIKE?
Leo Babauta sums it up this way:
“The point of simple living, for me, has got to be:
A soft place to land
A wide margin for error
Room to breathe
Lots of places to find baseline happiness in each and every day.”
It is slowing down and making the time to luxuriate in the smile of a loved one. A shared moment. A hearty, belly laugh.
It is contentment, gratitude and peace.
It is commitment to something greater than ourselves.
MAXIMIZE SHARING OF GIFTS
It is the clearing out of the useless things in our lives so as to focus on our priorities – our God, our loved ones, our potential.
It is personal weeding and pruning, so as to make room for the development and sharing of our unique gifts for the benefit of others.
It is the maximizing of our potential. As stated by the poet, Henry Wadsworth Longfellow:
“In character, in manner, in style, in all the things, the supreme excellence is simplicity.”
…. and that is a very beautiful life indeed.
Originally posted on http://SimpleLifeReboot.com