One of the first online friends I ever met in person was author Ann Kroeker. She wrote the book The Contemplative Mom, and if you are a mom longing to find more time with God and haven't read it, I recommend it.
Naturally, the little writer in me said "Hey! Blog about this!" So here I am, my few but faithful readers, to talk about slowing down.
This is actually funny, because last night I was thinking it's time to kick up the workouts a notch; all the ice cream and vacation eating has settled where I'd rather it not be. But I don't think that's what people mean by slowing down and taking time out and simplifying life . . . do you?
The first thing that came to mind was the quotation I used as the title for this post: "Simplify, simplify." Do you know where it comes from? Dr. James Saucerman. OK, not really (he was my grad school American Transcendentalism professor at NWMSU, in case you wondered who he is!). Really it's from Henry David Thoreau's Walden. I'm not recommending we all sell everything and live in the woods in a cabin we built for $28.12 1/2, but the principle is still a valid one. Why else would we all have "declutter" and "recycle" and "donate" in our blog posts this year, in a less-than-sterling (pun intended) economy?
Begin another month, begin a new habit, break an old habit, make a new resolution. It's all good. Just don't beat yourself up about it if you miss a day, like I tend to do.
Here are a couple of resources for you:
- Online Organizing.com -information about what it can mean to simplify and some other links to other online resources.
- The Debt Free Adventure blog has some other practical tips.
- Of course, Ann's brand-new book, Not So Fast!