Ahhh…Simplicity

I have been following the simplicity movement for decades and I have the books to prove it!  Some are pictured on my blog header and others live quietly on my Kindle.

I first got interested in the ‘movement’ back in the mid 90’s while living in California.  My first book was written by Elaine S. James, Simplify Your Life.  I still think it is among the best.  I have all her books.

I also like 30 Days to a Simpler Life and the books by Alexandra Stoddard. More recently, I have been taking a deeper dive into Logom, the Swedish Art of Balanced Living.

I am also following Courtney of BeMoreWithLess.  I have one of her books and it is good: Soulful Simplicity.  One of the key points she makes in her book is to get rid of what doesn’t matter so you are left with what does.

Now here’s the tricky part for me.  What have I adopted as a result of 20+ years of all this reading on simplicity? 

Each time I finish one of the books (I have reread all of them several times) I am filled with good intentions.  I have managed to incorporate a few of the suggestions.  I now practice yoga (thanks KP), meditate daily (thanks JP), moved to a smaller house, use online bill pay and that about sums it up.

If I had followed even 20 of Elaine’s 100 Ways to Slow Down and Enjoy the Things that Really Matter, where would I be in 2020?  Who knows, it is too late now to rewind the tape.  

‘Let your boat of life be light, packed with only what you need – a homely home and simple pleasures, one or two friends worth the name, someone to love and some to love you, a cat, a dog and a pipe or two, enough to eat and enough to wear and a little more than enough to drink, for thirst is a dangerous thing’                                                                                                                                 – Jerome Klapka Jerome

Allene

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