The Value of Simple Living

The Value of Simple Living is a discussion of what it is and what it means to live a more purposeful life with it.

a clothes line in an orange tree for simple living

I often think about the concept of simple living. There are many things written and said about living a simple life. There’s a lot of talk about things you own or the home you live in. I don’t necessarily think it has much to do with this other than the practical aspect of affordability.

Although for most of us who seek a calmer existence, this does mean we will need to look at our budgets a little more closely. Dialing back from the hustle mindset will mean having a bit less. At first, this feels like a sting to your identity. A lowering of self in some form. However, the seekers of simple lives are after something much more meaningful.

Living With Intention

I believe it is the desire to get back to our roots.

As human beings, we are drawn to certain activities in our day that in modern times are almost nonexistent. Somewhere peaking in at us is the feeling that this is wrong. That we are unnaturally going about life. The ability to be creative, to work with our hands.

To be around the natural world. Even if it is just in the backyard. Sticking your hands into the soil. Plucking your first home-grown vegetable and understanding that this process was somehow meant for you. The deep satisfaction and appreciation for cooking something you grew is invaluable.

We are bombarded with sights, images, and information throughout the modern day. Most of which are screens. We carry a screen in our pockets that at times can feel like there is no getting away from. Many of us, wouldn’t dare be without this device. What does it feel like to not update anyone about your day or walk without notification and just be? For many, this can be a foreign thought.

To live a life that values time not only for oneself but for those we care about most. To get up each day without the rush to be anywhere. The ability to sit quietly and just ponder on a thought seems lost on us in these times. What the world claims have no value I am finding seems to have added the most value to my own life.

The value of simple living is this.

It is the continual habit of noticing the small pleasures around us every day. It is thanking God for those moments and therefore being closer to our maker. Allowing for the creation of habits which lend themselves to a deeper sense of gratitude in us on a daily basis. If I had to define what simple living was at its core. I would say it is the creation of a calmer existence.

Try as I may, it is hard to escape completely. The world is so loud at times and there is so much vying for our attention.

Yet, there is tremendous value in the attempt. It can be as small as sitting with people and giving your full attention to them instead of glancing at your phone. Making time for quiet contemplation. Not allowing your schedule to be so full that your home is neglected.

I have noticed my personal relationships are more involved. I have less of them as you will find that when you change your lifestyle, it will likely bring about a change in the people interested in being around you. This is not a bad thing. The old notion of quality over quantity rings truest here. True friends can be hard to find but when found they are gems to be treasured.

Wherever you are at in this journey, I hope you experience the value of simple living.

I am glad you stopped by.


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