August 18, 2010

real. simple.

Last week, we were discussing the discipline of simplicity.

The concept of living simple lives . . .
1. Don't "buy" things just to "have" things. (Like all those empty Rubbermaid containers I have in the utility, in case I get one of my overwhelming urges to organize something.)
2. Don't let anything become an addiction for you. (Like chocolate. Or, say, chocolate.)
3. Take joy in giving things away. (Here, you can have my utility bill!)
4. Appreciate things without having to own them.
5. Develop a deeper appreciation for creation. (Like the weeds in my flower bed.)
6. Reject anything that oppresses others.
7. Get rid of the distractions that keep you from seeking and seeing God in your life.

When asked, "How can we be more intentional about simplicity?" a lovely, young professional mother-of-three commented that she tries to limit her schedule to 3 things a day. She said anytime she tries to squeeze in more than that, it makes her a "grouchy mommy".

Well, I don't want to be a grouchy mommy either.

So today I got out of bed, shaved my legs, and drove to Panera's for a Cinnamon Crunch Bagel.

One, two, three. It worked. I don't feel grouchy at all. Mission accomplished.

Simplicity is good.

3 comments:

Kacey Leigh said...

Hahaha, I love it!

Today my 3 things were: Go see midwife, buy new dress with gift card from Lindsay, and purchase belated birthday cake ice cream :-)

I actually did a lot more than that today, but if I choose to remember only 3 things, does that help make me not grouchy? Sure!!!

Ashley at bosssanders.com said...

Hey! That's my rule for getting things done - I choose 3 things. Anything I accomplish over that is great, but I try not to overdo it or else I end up with a huge list that never ends because I keep adding to it and THAT...sucks.

The Frat Pack + Me said...

This is great! So that's why I am cranky....I have already done way more than 3 things today!!