Simplicity = Freedom

When I stop speeding through life, I find joy in each day's doings
in a life that cannot be bought, but
only discovered, created, cherished, and lived.

As mother, I want so much for my children...and I ask so much of me. Yet when I rush headlong through my days, I am left scattered and exhausted, unable to luxuriate in the quiet gifts of everyday life. I end up shortchanging the ones I love, depriving my family and me of moments of grace, intimacy, and joy. But there is another way...

In simplicity there is freedom
--freedom to do less and to enjoy more.

Even in the midst of a busy, stress-filled world, I can pare down my schedule and tune into a gentler rhythm...clear a space for silence and contemplation, wonder, and spiritual renewal...for rediscovering the pleasures of the family dinner table...for seeing the sacred in the ordinary...for teaching me the value of a deep breath...and for turning my home into haven, where peace and creativity may flourish, and where I feed not only my children's bodies and intellects but their souls too.

I can only bring peace to my children when I possess it myself.

In these moments when I did pause long enough to fully experience my own life, my children seemed happier and more peaceful too. I truly have something to celebrate not just a simple reflection: the joy of real togetherness. Happy living!

1 encouragements:

Kaylynn's Mommy said...

You are right...simplicity is freedom! I just love the pics of your children! They are always engaged in fun activities!

True learning-learning that is permanent and useful,that leads to intelligent action and further learning, can arise only out of the experience, interest, and concerns of the learner.
John Holt
Real heroes are men who fall, fail and are flawed, but win out in the end because they stayed true to their ideals, beliefs and commitments.
Actor Kevin Costner

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