Lately I've been inspired by simplicity. Maybe it has to do with the book that I just finished reading about a woman who went through WWII...or maybe I've always been the kind of girl that gravitates back to simpler times. When I read stories about people who have gone through really tough times...times of famine and oppression...or times of extreme poverty and meager, simple surroundings...there's something in me that wishes I had gone through something like that, too. Does anybody else feel like that? I wonder what my survival instincts would have been like...and how I would have faced each day.
In high school I had to write a research paper on any topic of my choice. I chose to write about the Amish people because of their simple approach to life. And while I don't agree with all that the Amish believe....I think that they, and groups like them might share a secret that America at large has yet to discover:
*Make use of what you have (re-purpose, restore, refurbish, use up)
*Take care of what you do have (family, house, yard, belongings)
*Grow something on your own
*Enjoy people & relationships...instead of always needing to be "entertained"
*Enjoy the simple things in life
I think I'm happiest when life is simple and I'm enjoying even the most basic things: sunshine, flowers, smiles, hugs, seeing things grow and delicious food. Does anybody feel like life is too hectic these days? I know I do. My life is so cluttered by things and junk mail and just plain busy-ness! I relish in the days where I have absolutely nothing to do but wash the laundry, clean the house, cook dinner, and spend time with the people I love.
Today was one of those days. Matthew had already gone to the office by the time I woke up, so I had the entire day to myself to do whatever I needed (or wanted) to do. So I washed the laundry...made the bed...straightened the house...cleaned the kitchen...enjoyed the sunshine on my patio...and breathed in the fresh, warm air. Ahhh....delightful.
I also managed to fix a delicious lunch for me & baby. In the spirit of wanting to use up things I had on hand, I fixed some cucumber sandwiches on whole wheat bread and re-heated some yummy vegetable soup I had made the night before using home-made chicken broth I saved & froze from when I had cooked a whole chicken.
Mmmm...mmm. Me & baby were both happy. :)