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Monday, February 7, 2011

The Simple Life vs. Children

Monday, February 7, 2011
Take a moment. Breathe deeply and look at the world around you. What do you see?

When I do this I see a world spiraling out of control. A world where there is no moderation in anything that is done. Our children's and our own lives are drastically over scheduled. I think that many people do this because they cannot stand the thought of being alone in their own heads.
Many people that I have met are afraid to face themselves. There are just simply too many things that they have done that they are not proud of or that they are afraid of people finding out.
But I have always encouraged people to face this and come to terms with it. And so I urge you, the reader, to take time in the next few months to reduce the speed and complexity of your life.
I know that with children that your lives seem just naturally complex and busy but too many add to that complexity.
Here are some tips, that I have found that work for me:
  • Cut back on activities (Children don't always need to be busy and involved. Take the time saved to spend time with each other)
  • Choose jobs, if you can, that allows more time to be home with your family
  • Reduce clutter in your home and car and life (If it is broken, fix it or get rid of it. The best advice I have ever received)
I know that a minimalist lifestyle can be tough to achieve. But you will be able to reap the benefits quickly. Less stuff means less money to maintain and less time to clean. So take the time to think about these words and try to implement them. Your children will thank you in the long term.

Here is a link to an earlier post about living a minimalist lifestyle with children.

Blessed Be!

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