The Simple Life
Monday, September 06, 2010
I've been contemplating how to bring natural beauty and simplicity into my life and today I saw an article on sparkpeople about this subject. (It's saved on my sparkpage). It was really good, including a Voluntary Simplicity Short List. I've been meditating about this list all evening.
Spending time outdoor regularly was on the list. I long for this. I don't count walks through my neighborhood, because I think of most city neighborhoods, including mine as concrete jungles.
Joyful and pleasurable leisure activities are on the list. Except for summer gardening, reading between 11 p.m.- midnight, and watching Masterpiece Theater on Sunday nights, I don't take much time for leisure. I started to say I didn't have time for leisure. That's what I think, but I know it's a lie. I could choose differently.
Along that line, I've spent much time this summer devoted to extreme couponing. I can't tell you how many hours I've been online searching for good deals and coupons. Then count the time it takes to shop when you are couponing, because you have to select items carefully so they meet the coupon requirement. You also have to decide if it's a better deal than the generic. And you may be searching hi and low for some unfamiliar product for which you have a great coupon deal. I find the whole thing extremely stressful, but I like bargains and free stuff, so I've been doing it. Tonight I asked myself what would simplicity in this area look like? How freeing it would be to just go to the closest market and get what I actually need without thinking about coupons! I'm also experiencing a form of clutter as I stock up on deals.
Quality time with friends and family is on the list. Our family spends time together, but it's not always quality. Too much TV and movies!
Those are just a few of the very convicting items on the short list. I'm going to quit thinking about simplicity and start making changes in my life. Tomorrow, if I don't come to my senses, I'm throwing away my coupons.