Wednesday, September 2, 2009
SIMPLICITY seems to have become a vogue word. It is popping up in magazines, books, blogs, calendars, journals, and more.
In our crazy modern world, I think simplicity goes beyond a trendy interest to a heartfelt need.
Our friend Chip MacGregor was talking about simplifying recently here on his blog. Check it out. Is he nuts, or do you think he is on to something?
The need to simplify has really been calling to me the last couple of years, but I still haven't gotten to the point of taking the steps to fully downsize my belongings and my commitments. I applaud those who have made that cut.
I helped compile a little gift book on simplicity and found in my research that most people who talk about simplicity first recommend getting organized, then downsizing to only what you need, then setting boundaries and saying no to adding more than what is necessary.
I think to really find simplicity in life comes down to a spiritual level. We need to die to our selfish wants and set one goal. We should only allow into our life those things that will draw us closer to our God and help us serve Him as he leads us. Painful? Yes. Radical? Probably. Necessary? Definitely.
Basically simplicity comes down to living counter to the world and opposite of what trends in culture would tell us to do.
I may have signed up for a Twitter account, but you won't find me posting anything. My cell phone service fades in my driveway, so I don't even bother texting or using a phone with organizer. And it is actually good for me that I only have dial-up Internet at home, or I'd be online all the time. I agree with Chip that business can wait until morning. :-)
So, is simplicity calling to you?
Editor Du Jour Becky