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