Monday, November 05, 2007

Autumn Simplicity

There is something about Autumn that speaks simplicity to my soul. It's a time to get back to basics, to spend my days getting my home in order, baking, reading good books, working on cross-stitch projects, spending cozy days with my children and evenings together as a family.
Simplicity to me means living by my own lights by listening to my heart's stirrings rather than blindly following the world's standards. Simplicity means living within our means and striving to become free from all debt. This won't happen overnight, but little changes can make a huge difference.
Simplicity means practicing gratitude and learning to be content with what we have. It's being mindful of all the beauty that surrounds us. From the sun shining through freshly cleaned windows to a flower in a mason jar picked by my child - beauty just asks to be noticed. Simplicity means having more time to do the things we love.
Simplicity means potluck suppers instead of dinner at a fancy restaurant; walking down a country road instead of a gym membership; watching a movie on the Hallmark channel instead of seeing the latest flick at the theatre; finding beautiful clothes for a fraction of the price at consignment or thrift stores instead of shopping at the mall.
But most of all, simplicity is a living a life of love, passion, creativity, and joy.
"Our lives are frittered away by detail; simplify, simplify." — Henry David Thoreau
"Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication." — Leonardo da Vinci

1 comment:

Sacred Suzie said...

Beautiful and I wholeheartedly agree. There is something so timeless about retreating indoors and getting back to the basics during the dark time of the year.