Live Life Simply

Have you ever sat and just looked at all of your possessions? Do you take stock in the “things” that you have accumulated? Is there a point at which you will stop acquiring “things?”

Many people have taken a vow of sorts to live life simply. Instead of bigger and better they have chosen to downsize and keep only simple and useful “things.”

What do you suppose the outcome was? At first, they questioned themselves about their motivation and committment. Once they got beyond this questioning stage they began to take their simplification more seriously. Then, they felt empowered by taking so much control over their lives and by feeling less obligated “to do” and “to have.”

They began to allow more people to know about their lifestyle and to ask questions about this radical shift. They felt stronger and more vocal. They chose to speak out more about how empowering the whole process had been. They feel now that they have grown by releasing the demons of greed and ego.

How did this process evolve? By choosing a smaller and more efficient home. By not having a car or other type of vehicle. By letting go of extra items of housewares, clothing, shoes, furniture…They began to select items that best served their purpose. Mixing and matching a few clothing items. Using the same table for eating and for work. Choosing a few select chairs to serve multiple purposes. Clearing out almost all jewelry.

The PROCESS became liberating. They were able to release their need to compare and compete. Simple, functional things were ok. Well made items were preferred and maintained. Some even went so far as to allow only a certain amount of “things” in their home. Such as, 20 clothing items, 1 watch, 2 pairs of shoes, 10 towels and wash cloths…

The result was profound. They released all unnecessary attachments and found freedom instead. They replaced their “needs” with simplicity and spirituality. It became far easier to see the purpose of the world. It was more natural to seek God and serenity.

They also began to communicate differently. Their speech was less pressured. They spoke more of “we” and “us.” They appeared relaxed and content. They lost the commotion of their lives.

They possessed fewer things but they were also unattached to them. “God will provide.” Items may be replaced at any time by something better or more functional. Time was spent contemplating how simple life became and they presented themselves to the world as carefree and full of hope.

They began to feel sorrow for others who grabbed and clung and continued to add to their possessions. They felt removed from the commotion and confusion. Their hearts ached for the rest of us. They wished to gift us the simple life and to release our dependence upon “things.” Some listened and most others didn’t. Fewer still started to act.

Even if we are unable to make this committment to simplify our lives we still may learn the most important lessons involved.

1. Lose our attachment to material things.
2. Realize that items are replaceable.
3. Clothing and shoes do not define who we are.
4. Efficient housing allows us to diminish our overuse of resources.
5. There are a variety of alternate ways to travel.
6. We are more relaxed and insightful when we are at peace.
7. We wish to assist others to “improve” their lives as well, as a gift.
8. Being resourceful increases our connection and committment to Mother Earth.
9. We feel enriched by removing barriers to contentment.
10. By letting go of our “needs” we allow more room for God.

God has given us many gifts repeatedly over time. What we may feel is “new” has been presented to us many times before. We may not have been ready to accept it. We may have understood the purpose but chose to maintain our current course instead. Here it is again. Cut all ties and attachments to gain true freedom. Our path toward God may be clear and unencumbered, if that is what we choose. God has given you the means but it is up to you to follow.

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