Small Town Simple

The Simplicity Adventures of a Mother and Daughter

Keeping It Simple When Life Isn’t!

Small Town SimpleIf you are content to be simply yourself, you will become more than yourself.   Joshua Becker, Becoming Minimalist

Have you ever felt like the hits just keep on coming?  Sometimes it feels like it is all bad.  Sometimes it is a mixture of good and bad.  But either way, life throws the curveballs and we stand there thinking, “what’s next?”

Because some of these curveballs have been lobbed in my direction lately, I’ve come to the conclusion about two things.  I am operating on a basis of love AND I will keep out the clutter so there is room for joy and tears – whichever is necessary.

I have been reading one of Dr. Wayne Dyer’s books – Wishes Fulfilled, Mastering the Art of Manifesting.  While this book might come under the heading of self-help, I find it to be more inspirational than self-help.  Dr. Dyer shares that we are all love and how we live life should be from our source of love.  And I’ve got to say – I just love that idea!  If I approach all things in life from love then there simply isn’t room for anger, jealousy, fear, etc.  Instead of wrapping our identities (our egos) in negatives – I’m not good enough, smart enough, thin enough, prosperous enough, witty enough, and in my case – tall enough!…we choose to say I am.  All that follows I am is positive and the result is we live these new truths about ourselves.  Does it mean we’ve suddenly dumped all the challenges that might be intersecting our lives?  No, but we are in a better place to deal with our challenges because our new truths are sourced in and by love.

With the renewal of spring I am also renewing my efforts towards minimalism.  Less, less, less!!  I want to keep the clutter off my table, out of my closet, and removed from my kitchen counter.  Because of my limited income for the past 3 years, I’ve learned I can live with less.  Sometimes the lack of income has pinched.  But even through the leanest months, I still managed to pay my bills and live a satisfying life.  And I can honestly say that my happiest moments through my leanest years have had absolutely nothing to do with a particular purchase.

My dedication to less is satisfying.  I am rooted in love for my beautiful family and friends.  I will know that my challenges can be met more calmly and with respect – for myself and others.  Keeping it simple really does keep it simple!

xo, Carolyn


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