We just bought a house.
It might seem counter-intuitive to suggest that this is in any way a simplification, but for us it is a step along the journey to live a simpler life. We can put our energies into things we feel are important… spending quality time together, growing our own food, being good stewards of at least our little patch of earth. For us these were things not allowed in our hectic lives of frequent moving and renting. We searched long and hard to find a town that was a perfect fit for our lives and after living here for over a year we couldn’t be happier. We searched long and hard for where to live in our new town, and are now very excited to have a place that feels just right for us. We are looking forward to the adventure that lies ahead, and by keeping things within our means we know that it has all of the groundwork for being a positive and fulfilling journey.
We’ve gotten to this point by figuring out the list of things that are truly important to us and discovering ways to modify our lives to honor these. We try in every decision we make to weigh the effort and outcomes with our goals. It is a constant work in progress, and beautiful in its transformations.
As autumn begins to dance her last dance before tucking everything in for the winter, I hope that you have a final twirl in shirt-sleeves, soaking up the sun. Celebrate with those you love and let the abundance of this amazing world fill your heart to overflowing.
He has achieved success who has lived well, laughed often, and loved much;
Who has enjoyed the trust of pure women, the respect of intelligent men and the love of little children;
Who has filled his niche and accomplished his task;
Who has never lacked appreciation of Earth's beauty or failed to express it;
Who has left the world better than he found it,
Whether an improved poppy, a perfect poem, or a rescued soul;
Who has always looked for the best in others and given them the best he had;
Whose life was an inspiration;
Whose memory a benediction.
Bessie Stanley, 1904
Consider volunteering at a shelter or soup kitchen on Thanksgiving.
We have so much to be grateful for. Most of us live lives of great abundance, and Thanksgiving is a holiday when we take a moment to acknowledge this. It is a perfect opportunity to volunteer for a shelter or soup kitchen and help those who aren’t as well off in this moment in time. A search online or in a local phone directory will help turn up places where you can offer your services. Many families make this a tradition, and a noble one at that.