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In one of my post’s last week, I talked about my desire to “simplify” our lives. How I long to go “off the grid” and live “Little house on the prairie” style.
My friend, who I respect and adore, wrote this comment :
Oh, Debbie….. again, you are singing my song! I too yearn for the simpler times, and have been trying to build it back into our daily lives…Playing at the park every day after school, baking, knitting, reading together…. let’s make it a revolution!!
Two fantastic books that I LOVE, and are completely with us as we rally our revolt….. “Simplicity Parenting: Using the Extraordinary Power of Less to Raise Calmer, Happier, and More Secure Kids” by Kim John Payne and “The Simple Living Guide” by Janet Luhrs.
I am ready to join the revolution.
I am just a couple short chapters into ” Simplicity Parenting: Using the Extraordinary Power of Less to Raise Calmer, Happier and More Secure Kids” by Kim John Payne, and it makes SO much sense!
I have heard about this book and concept for a while now, and just haven’t picked up the book until I couldn’t stand being overwhelmed and overbooked any longer.
Although this book is aimed at parenting, I feel like it is speaking to me, not as much about how to parent, but how to live, and most importantly a key to sanity and therefore happiness.
This is the excerpt from the book that totally hooked me…
In every aspect of our lives, no matter how trivial, we are confronted with a dizzying array of things (stuff) and choices. The weighing of dozens of brands, features, claims, sizes, and prices, together with the memory scan we do for any warnings or concerns we may have heard; all of this enters into scores of daily decisions. Too much stuff and too many choices. If we’re overwhelmed as adults, imagine how our children feel! Whichever came first-too many choices or too much stuff- the end result of both is not happiness.
I am joining the revolution. It starts at home.
I will keep you posted (as I read further) on how I intend to simplify so that I don’t feel the need to run away to the country (besides, my husband says being a farmer might be more work than I am willing to do, and there’s that whole Nordstrom issue too!)!
Thank you so much Jodi, for the inspiration!
Do you feel the need to simplify and find more quiet spaces?