I’ve been thinking a lot about the life I really want and the life that I can too easily substitute. I can easily become enthusiastic about new and exciting possibilities. And then I have to make myself ask, “Do I really want this?”
Obviously, life is sometimes made up of things that we don’t want, and we do not have the possibility to choose otherwise. Sickness, job loss, death, house repairs, broken cars, and natural disasters aren’t things that we choose to have in our lives, but they are there.
No, I’m talking about knowing what kind of life I want and taking steps to make it happen. I want a life that is joyful. I want a life that is simple. I want a life that is quiet, yet I am drawn to activity and learning and doing new things. How do I keep a balance between simple/quiet and new/exciting? How do I manage to not have clutter in my home or in my heart? THESE are my struggles.
I was drafting this blog post two days ago, and then yesterday, I saw this post at simplemom.net. The author (Tsh) defines simple living as “living holistically with your life’s purpose.” In other words, you understand the life you were built to have. Then all the things and activities in your life work toward that purpose. Tsh says it this way, “all the parts of your life are pointing in the same direction.” I like that. For us the direction is Christ, but there is a lot of room in that for figuring out a way to live. Check out the article. I think you’ll like it. And I’ll let you know how I do in figuring all this out!