It reminds me of the many moves I have made in my life. Some have been overseas.
- But it always means getting rid of things that I want to keep.
- It means leaving friends I don’t want to leave.
- It means leaving the familiar and taking on the unfamiliar.
All those things are involved in simplifying even when I don’t move. I must get rid of things i would like to keep so I can enjoy the best things I have…the beautiful things, the valuable things.
It frequently means spending less time with some of my friends so I can spend more time doing things I have decided are more valuable, more in line with the changes I need to make. I may be able to spend more time with those friends in a few months, just not now during the changing and the process of simplifying. stop
It means leaving the familiar and taking on the unfamiliar...in terms of scheduling, meals, the way I keep my home and a host of other things, as I simplify.
The process of simplifying is not simple. It is often complex and it is rarely easy. I have to ask myself a lot of questions. I have to change some of my routes. I have to uproot large portions of my life, examine them and only replace bits of them in new locations. This kind of thing is always painful.The process of simplifying is not simple. It is often complex and it is rarely easy. Click To Tweet
Is this worth keeping? Is it truly valuable? What are my goals? What are the goals for our family? How does our present lifestyle fit those goals? What do I need to do to make the changes needed to line up with those goals?
This is the story of 2018 for me so far!
Now you know what I have been working on this month. I still have a long way to go before what I’m doing and what I want done shows very much. But I have a better idea of what needs to be done and how I need to attack it.
How about you?
“Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth,
where moth and rust destroy and where thieves break in and steal,
but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven,
where neither moth nor rust destroys and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.
“Therefore I tell you, do not be anxious about your life,
what you will eat or what you will drink,
nor about your body, what you will put on.
Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothing?
Look at the birds of the air:
they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns,
and yet your heavenly Father feeds them.
Are you not of more value than they?