When I woke up this morning I was greeted by an unexpected sight.
What was supposed to have been a trace of snow turned into five inches. It was our first real snowfall of the winter, and although I am not really a fan of winter these days, I felt awed by the beauty that greeted me. Bundled up in my boots and heavy coat I took a few moments to just breathe in that simple beauty.
I found a simple living manifesto by Leo Babauta. You can read it in its entirety here. Like Babauta I believe that the road to a simple life is one that leads us out of chaos and into simplicity. Babauta gives us 72 ideas to find that simple life, but as he says the short list is really about determining what is important to you and eliminating everything else. As I sipped my tea and looked out on the winter wonderland that is my neighborhood today, I was thinking exactly those thoughts, and I wondered what holds us back from doing just that.
I am not going to go into those 72 things on his list today, but what I am going to do is think about and research those things. Then I am going to start devoting Saturdays to talking about them and about other ideas for simple living.
Yes, our world is complicated and can be very chaotic, but the world has always contained chaos. I hope that we all can find our own bit of simplicity among that chaos. I know that I am certainly going to continue trying and I hope you will too.