Those of you who follow my blog know that I admire the Amish way of life…their simple ways of putting the Lord and family first and not adhering to any socialist way of life.
Pretty silly coming from a girl who makes computers and technology her living! But let me tell you I would throw it all away tomorrow if given the chance to truly live off the land and surround myself with the simplistic way of life. My family and even my best friend told me I don’t know how to relax and I have to agree with them. I am always in a state of activity…think of the Energizer Bunny and you will know me. I can’t sit still for a minute and unless everything around me is in order I can’t relax.
I worked at home today and even though I was deep in writing code and designing a new mobile website my mind kept drifting to that word “SIMPLICITY.” How do I achieve simplicity and what does it mean to me?
My mind kept drifting back to the Amish and how they do it. While on vacation in early June, Craig and I took a ride through Ohio’s Amish Holmes County. We found ourselves on a dirt back road trying to find our way back to a main road when we passed an Amish homestead…oh how I would have loved to stop and talk to them. The whole family was sitting outside around a big table just chatting, kids, adults and grandparents all together. They looked so happy and content not a worry in the world but enjoying each other. I am sure it was a long hot day for them and they were just chatting about what they had accomplished that day but the memory will stay with me forever. Even the visit to an Amish quilt shop inspired me. The woman was so open to share some of her family background and how her mother would teach them to quilt early on. I am sure their lifestyle is hard, like the 95 degree day I saw a woman working in her garden with that long dark dress on. But again that word, “simplicity” keeps creeping back to me…no computers, no cell phones, no electronic stimulation just plain interaction with the Lord, family and the earth.
While I am not good at remembering scriptures this one has stuck in my head…
I Thessalonians 4:11 says “make it your ambition to lead a quiet life and attend to your own business and work with your hands, just as we commanded you” and “to work in quiet fashion and eat their own bread” (2 Thessalonians 3:12).
After some soul searching this evening I have come up with a list of things I need to work on.
- Simplify my life by eliminating the clutter that surrounds me. Could be from living in this small space for so long but I need to eliminate and recycle the clutter in my life. My new motto is “less is more.”
- Learn to say no…I have an awful habit of trying to make everyone’s job easier and in the process I tend to overdo myself. I need to learn to say no and concentrate on the task at hand.
- Be more giving…I never seem to have enough time to give the one thing I love to give the most…my time. I would love to go visit with my grandchildren, visit my parents, get to know my granddaughter and see my son and daughter-in-law more. I have gotten caught up in thinking I needed to keep up this pace to survive but I am slowly learning I need to step back and slow down.
- Take a bigger step in making sure we are self-sufficient and that responsibly lies with me! Craig is doing his part in making sure we have insurance and a roof over our head. My job is to find ways to live off our land.
So that was the easy part now the hard part is making it happen…how do I do that?
Now that I have my list I need to step back and ponder on it for a few days and come up with a plan.
I would love to hear ways you have made your life simpler in this fast paced technology overloaded world we live in!