Its not that bad, really. It is part of the process, and from experience already I know that it is a necessary part if I want this sacrifice to be a worthy one. I don't mind it. I know 100% will be better when it comes back to me.
Living Simplicity, my (hopefully) inspiring and encouraging read about learning to live simply is more less a journal of lessons I learned as I processed my own move from complicated to simple. Or, I guess more honestly would be my complicated life, to a more simple one. We have a way to go to live as simply as my heart desires to, but we are on our way.
Two and half years ago our little family of 5 moved from a large home in town to a tiny one in the countryside of Tennessee. It was a big adjustment for us, and I found myself needing to do lots of soul searching as I went. I discovered that my while my closets were full of junk and piles of unneeded stuff, I was also storing lots of pride, insecurity and wasted resources. I can't say I have broke the ties to all those things completely yet, but the desire is growing to do so.
I am noting that I am not the only one desiring such things. As our world is reeling from all kinds of not simple things, many of us are beginning to be willing to really look at our lives and evaluate what is really important. We are also starting to see our lives separately from our stuff, and recognizing that what we do on a day-to-day basis matters in the big picture. Most passionately, I am embracing that living the way that "everyone" lives and the social "normal" of mass chaos 24/7 is not what I want to be about. I do not want my family and I to be so busy and harried that we do not get to enjoy our moments together. Life is too short. I do not want our stuff to be so consuming that we miss out on enjoying the blessing of relationships. People are too precious.
I spoke with a friend this morning, who was recently in a horrible car accident that involved a fatality. Thankfully, her and her children, who were all with her, were hardly touched physically. However, the impact of their close call has given them new vision. They are reevaluating everything. She is questioned all things from what data plan she has on her phone to what commitments she needs to let go of. Oh, that we would all do that before we have a wake up call like she got!
As I hope to share with you soon by way of this book, I am actively pursuing that line of evaluation myself. Commitment to such things can make you do crazy things, trust me. I think those things are worth sharing.
What would you be willing to give up in order to embrace a life that allows for just the most important things?