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simply put.

Life can get so incredibly busy sometimes (like with me lately and our company books!).  And really, it doesn’t matter what you are doing, time never will stop and life will always feel busy (at least I am convinced of it).  It can be stressful to think about a lifetime of constant go-go, but that is all in the way that I am approaching it.

I have fooled myself into thinking living a ‘simple life’ means less busy.  Less busy with relationships, commitments, any extra curricular activities, etc.  And maybe that is true to an extent.  With less of these things, physically my time is freer.  But that is not the only element of simple life.  Take the example of relationships.  You look at anyone who “lives simply”, and they seem to all the more cherish the close relationships around them and seemingly never allude to purging their friend list.

In trying to be less busy, for one, I’ve gotten bogged down thinking about all the people that I have in my life and how up keeping each one is going to work.  I’ve overwhelmed myself in trying to imagine how in the world I will be able to juggle every friendship.  When really, 1. true friendships are always a two way street and 2. if God placed a friend in my path, what makes me think I can just move them aside or assume why they were placed in my life?  My “simple life” theory out the window.

It’s good that my idea of “simple life” is challenged.  Quite easily I can become discontent with the simplicity my everyday holds as I can get caught up in this stereo-typical dream of how a simple life should look.  Sure, my days with the kids are not always kinfolk-esque*, but seriously…how beautiful my everyday life is, is enough to stop me in my tracks when I am not in want of some other representation.

He redeems me from death and crowns me with their love and tender mercies.

He fills my life with good things.  My youth is renewed as the eagle’s. ~ Psalm 103:4-5

 

Simply put, be thankful.  be aware.  enjoy all the good things in your midst today.

 

*p.s. by no means is this a dig at kinfolk…I love nearly all that they emulate and encourage for paring things down and especially love their aesthetic.

pic pix: 1| our “hot” january day refresher (mint water) 2| big skies, little planes 3| kindling cutting 4| i think this one loves the fire as much as his mama, 26.Jan.2015, out in the yard

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  • January 27, 2015 - 1:52 pm

    Calista - I love this! I find that in trying to simplify my life, I somehow manage to make it more complicated. It’s nearly like when you are late and you’re trying to hurry, you somehow make yourself even more late.

    One thing I’ve noted for myself is that the two-way friendships get priority over the one-way friendships. I’ve thrown myself after people in the past, but this year I decided that I will give people the benefit of the doubt, but once it seems like I’m making most of the effort, then a conversation needs to be had. I lost a friendship last year because I didn’t speak up in a way where the other person could truly hear me. I just kept letting the other person set boundaries that I wasn’t happy with and I learned. 🙂

    Anyway, I love that you’re figuring this out 🙂ReplyCancel

    • January 30, 2015 - 3:54 pm

      sarah nadine - it’s all a process, eh?! sometimes i wish i knew it all until i look back and can see the beauty BECAUSE of the process. definitely hindsight, but a good reminder for me while i am right in the midst of learning something 🙂

      xoReplyCancel

      • January 30, 2015 - 4:32 pm

        Calista - Oh, it’s definitely a process! I’ve found too that the joy usually comes after the struggle. It’s that whole “there may be pain in the night, but joy comes in the morning” concept. It’s no fun while we go through something, but once we’ve gone through it and we have some distance from it, we can see why we had to go through it and what we learned from it. And then the light bulb goes off 🙂ReplyCancel

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