There is something beautiful about hearing a person’s story that allows us to connect with both the individual and his or her experience.
Whether a person’s circumstances are dramatic or cumulative, the sharing of a struggle to overcome challenges has the extraordinary power to instruct and inspire.
Courtney Carver of “Be More With Less” is a beautiful example. In 2006, Courtney was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis. When she learned that stress could complicate her symptoms, she began exploring ways to simplify. In five short years, she transformed her life. Her inspiring story can be read in the March 2014 issue of “O” (Oprah Winfrey’s magazine).
For an account of hope and determination, Tico and Tina’s unflinching “Messy Beginnings” is a must read. Their ongoing 10+ year journey from drudgery to lives of purpose and passion is shared on their website “Make Room for Greatness” . Tico and Tina lay bare the challenges of supporting a young family while providing practical guidance on transitioning to creative and missional work. Their desire to help others is palpable.
Equally impactful is the story of Brooke McAlary of “Slow Your Home“. Brooke was a high-strung perfectionist with clear expectations of what life should be. Her world was turned upside down when she and her husband were assaulted in separate incidents. Not long after the assaults, she was overwhelmed by post-natal depression and anxiety. Unable to function well, she was forced to pare her life down to the essentials. As she recovered, Brooke discovered a new way to live. She now shares the joy of a simpler, slower life with the world.
A powerful example of intentionality is Christy King of “The Simple White Rabbit”. Christy, an accomplished attorney, author and life-long learner, had been intrigued by minimalism for years. Until recently, she believed she needed to defer desired changes until the children were grown or she retired. A few years ago, she decided to begin making modest, incremental changes. She discovered that even small changes produced significant gains. She discovered more time and energy for family and friends, enjoyed healthier living and found new interests in additional activities.
This is just a handful of stories of the life-changing impact of simplicity and minimalism. What is yours?
As Joshua Becker urged us all to do, please tell your story.
Originally posted on http://SimpleLifeReboot.com