Monday, March 26, 2018

Simplifying Life: Is It Always a Good Thing?

To answer the question, no, not always.  I started this blog five years ago and so much has changed in that time.  In many respects, I feel like I am a very different person.  When I started writing on this specific blog, I wanted to share a lot of "life hacks."  Things that are easy, quick, simple, and require little effort.  All of that is fine, except that I've found--at least in my own life-- that quick and easy answers are not always the best answers.
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Great things are worth the extra effort and even further, I've found that "easy" living is not usually compatible with mindful living.  Sure, feeding your family fast-food five nights a week is certainly "easy, quick, and painless," but that certainly is not the better option when it comes to meal planning.  To me, the mindful living is much more important than easy living.  While I do share "hacks" from time to time, they are not usually for the person looking to avoid some rewarding work.  I'm really seeking to help the person looking to get back to the basics.

The homemaking journey is not for the faint of heart.  It's for the resilient, the brave, and the determined.  While we learn to simplify life, it's not by cheating conventional wisdom, but by learning to live with meaning, intent, and with less clutter--be it of the mind or home. 
As we seek to live more intently, we can bring new meaning to simplification.  Our days become more enjoyable, more meaningful, and more memorable even when they are filled with mundane tasks.  When we work for the Lord, we can see His grace in all of it. 

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