Give thanks for the simple pleasures of life... it's not all that difficult.
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These days, everywhere we go it seems we're plugged in, turned on, and firing on all 8 cylinders.. all the time. This is a sure recipe for burnout, and perhaps we know it in our hearts. Never before in history has a craving for simple pleasures been so strong, or so important. You might have noticed it in the renewed interest in retro or vintage fashion, cars, interior design and home-life.
Some have suggested different reasons for this, but it seems to represent an acknowledgement of the quality and unique nature of retro products, a sharp contrast to today's technology and mass-produced items in our lives. Some also believe that this fascination highlights the need we feel to escape to a simpler style of life, almost a time-travel back in history.
But escape isn't easy. Are you looking for a simple lifestyle? Do you find that simplicity manages to elude you, even on those days when you swear you're going to indulge your senses in a relaxing activity?
Do cherished pastimes such as crafting, getting out in nature, or spending time talking face to face with those who mean most to you, end up taking a backseat to the Call of the Computer, and your frantic life?
Maybe you decide you're going to do a hands-on project. So you log onto the internet in search of instructions. Instead of revelling in the task at hand, you find yourself hopping from one link to the next, and before you know it, you're overwhelmed and distracted yet again.
How do we manage to pry ourselves away from technology, so we can once again indulge in the simple tasks that offer us relaxation and enjoyment while helping us focus?
One way to keep it simple in our everyday dealings is to lower the bar of our own expectations.
No, maybe you're not going to be the next Martha Stewart or Pinterest Mom of the Year. Or, are you? Does it really matter is the full scheme of things?
If you do tend to be an overachiever, maybe "keeping it simple" really has to do with just allowing yourself some time to think and ponder.
For some people, simplicity might be about calming that urge to out-perform yourself, or to be and do everything to everyone. Maybe you need to say 'no' more frequently.
Sounds unattainable? Well, no. There are some practical ways to achieve it. You'll discover that you can give thanks each day for the simple pleasures of life. Here's how...
Well sure, we can all dream. It's fine to reflect on the reasons that all of us feel overwhelmed, especially at this time of year, and dream of the joy of simple moments in our lives. But we need to do more. It's even more important to act, to take some simple, practical steps to introduce simple joy in your life. And yes, you can do it!
After all, a well-known quote reminds us that 'Life is what happens when you’re busy making other plans.'
If you don't initiate practical steps with a definite plan for simplifying your life, then your life will take control and continue to overwhelm. It's really not all that difficult.
Think about it. What types of activities do you relish in the name of keeping it simple? Take a couple of moments to write down the simple things that you could do, one small thing each day, that will ground your spirit and bring you joy. Make a list of possibilities.
What about some of these suggestions?
1. It could be writing personal musing in a diary. A gratitude journal is a great option.
2.Maybe it's creating a beautiful painting of an outdoor scene.
3. Or how about something even more simple, like just taking a slow walk around a quiet pond on your lunch hour? Take some photos. The birds are singing in the trees above, branches softly rustling in the wind. Relax...
4. Do you have a pet that you enjoy spending time with? Give yourself permission to take a technology time-out so you can offer your dear dog, beloved cat or other cherished pet a nice belly rub, scratch behind the ears, an afternoon walk and a treat.
5. Love to read? Reading is a simple thing you can do each day. Just a few pages will do, or aim to complete a chapter a night if that makes you happy and satisfied.
6. What about a craft? Some enjoy knitting and crocheting. Try creating a family photobook. Others do needlepoint or latch hook. Perhaps you find pleasure in penning calligraphy letters on a clean white page in bold, black ink. What about an online craft class?
7. If you can't think of any task you'd be good at immersing yourself in, why not return to childhood? What did you enjoy in your youth? No shame in revisiting old talents to see where they take you.
Today, write down the simple things that gave you a few moments of pure, unadulterated joy. Give thanks for these meaningful, simple moments of fun and enjoyment. Make it a priority to enjoy them again, tomorrow. And encourage your whole family to do the same. Maybe you can do it together.
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Life as a grandma.. it's no 'quiet, restful days in the rocking-chair'. It's filled with activity, excitement and lots of family fun. Please share it with me.