There is nothing more important to me at this point in my life than simplicity. My life has been really complicated for many years and frankly, I am just over it. To make it to this point in my life has been a long, long journey, and when I finally got here, I had a very difficult time accepting it.
To simplify ones life is difficult. We’ve become comfortable with the way things are, even though we have cluttered up our space to the point of suffocation. While we might complain that we need to purge some of the accumulation, we just simply can’t let go. Sound familiar? I felt like this for a long time. Some days, I still feel like this, so it takes me a really long time to part with the things that have brought me comfort over the years.
Unfortunately, if you don’t clean out your space every once in awhile, you never get to have anything new. And I am not just talking about the material things. Periodically, I think it is necessary to let go of some of that emotional baggage. You know what I am talking about, right? The could have, should have, would have moments that sometimes hold us back because we just can’t let them go. Frankly, don’t you want to be sitting in your easy chair (my favorite chair is this adirondack one right here) and relaxing instead of stressing about something you did a long time ago? I know I do. If there is one thing that I’ve learned in my years (and I am not that old), is that the past is the past and you can’t bring it back. So let’s just leave those moments back there and think about the here and now.
Simplifying your life is suppose to make things easier. But one’s version of simplify is going to be very different than the next person’s. So while I am out writing for all my new projects and it seems like I have taken on more than one person could possibly chew, the reality is that I feel pretty good that I have actually downsized my life to a more manageable, comfortable and pretty simplistic state.
And when it comes time to take out the broom, shovel and anything else I can find to scoop up the excess, or rest assured, I will have no qualms about taking it all to the dumpster and throwing it out or just sweep it out the door. Why? Because today, more than ever before, I am all about keeping my life as simple as possible.
Wishing you moments of simplicity!
***I have written this piece for a group on Facebook that I joined, GBE 2: Blog On. This is week #41 and the topic is Simplicity. Interested in more…click on the picture below to take you there.
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8 thoughts on “Simplicity”
Great post Susan!
I'm with you Susan, simple is best, and that shady adirondack chair is the perfect spot to read and reflect.
This could be categorized as the "Feel Good, Feel Free" blog. I love how you understand that simplifying is both physical and emotional and it's very individual. What simplifies for me, might complicate for you and visa versa.
I love it. ♥
This is so appropriate for me to read today! I've been working toward 'simplicity' for the last few weeks because we are about to consolidate households. This means taking a good hard look at not only the clutter, but the processes by which we accumulate it. Great post, I'm glad to have found you at the Writer Wednesday Blog Hop!
Very nice! I like things simple. Not too much stuff, not too many obligations. We're scaling back and slowing it down–and when we move, it'll be to somewhere small, quiet, and ah, simple.
I feel the same way, and I also think it has something to do with our economy going south; most of us have over extended, on bigger tv screens than we need and granite counters perhaps we don't need ( we still have a 70s Formica kitchen) now with young kids as a middle-aged mom life gets confusing and cluttered enough. So I have been purging and oddly, not replacing with the new. Making due with the old but still useful. Yes, to simplifying. And glad you enjoyed my tooth story. I enjoyed this pastas well. All well put!
Sounds like a bit of spring cleaning to simplify your life. Brilliant!!
I once bought a book on how to get rid of clutter. It's now cluttering my house somewhere.