Is your life getting busier and busier? Do you need a simple living guide?
We tend to live in a hectic and overly busy society. In just 24 hours we are expected to work eight or more hours, commute to and from our workplace, exercise for at least 20 minutes (if not an hour), eat three balanced meals, take our daily vitamins, shuffle our children to various extra-curricular activities, walk our dogs, and, if we are on the spiritual path, meditate for 10 to 20 minutes, plus get a good night’s sleep!
Oh, and we can’t forget those weekly (or more) to do’s that are sprinkled in; keep the house straightened, give it a deep cleaning once a week, grocery shop, take that evening business or self-improvement class, tend to the garden, wash the car, the laundry and the kids, scoop pet poop, and go to church.
Wait, there’s more! Dentist appointments, car tune-ups and maintenance, community volunteering, haircuts, the kids’ games or meets, class parent meetings, regular veterinarian visits, monthly book club, and those well anticipated family vacations and three-day weekends that we call “getaways.”
Interesting word – getaway:
1. an act or instance of getting away, as escape
2. a place suitable for a vacation
3. a vacation especially of brief duration
These are not exhausted lists of daily, weekly and other necessary activities, of course, but it’s likely that your name is on that long list of exhausted folks trying to keep up. No wonder we need to get away!
We have created a society that keeps us so busy we have mastered the art of multi-tasking. (How many things are you doing right now?) We have DayTimers, Palm Pilots, iPhones and access to a multitude of online calendars to keep us organized enough to do it all. Our schedules are so jam-packed there’s hardly any breathing room.
We are multifaceted beings living in a demanding society, yet our souls are yearning for simplicity.
How does one find simplicity in such complexity?
Here are ten guidelines for creating a more simplistic life - though adhering to them may be difficult for some people. Consider it a simple, simple living guide for beginners:
Obviously this isn’t a complete simple living guide. Rather it is a list of suggestions for ways to simplify a busy lifestyle. The last thing any busy person needs is another to do on the list. Ideally, implementing just a few of these "10 ways" will help you reduce the size of that list and bring more simplicity to your life.
Your mind, body, heart and soul will thank you for the breathing room.