Friday, January 21, 2011

there are three words that i am choosing to make 'my words' for the year.  simplify is one of the words that i want to integrate into my little world.  i do not lead a desperately chaotic life, however there are moments that i feel as if chaos is oozing through the pores of my body. 

simplify df:
–verb (used with object), -fied, -fy·ing.
to make less complex or complicated; make plainer or easier: to simplify a problem.
so how am i supposed to simplify my life when i live with 2 little children who produce good chaos (most of the time) & a husband who comes home with ministry ideas that involve 'projects' for me... which i love?  that is an excellent question.  i wracked my brain as to an order (i slightly have a control issue) in which to accomplish my simplicity & have chosen another route because i do not need to have control.  i need to allow God to have control.  so i am taking baby steps towards my simplicity.  reorganizing and re-evaluating the daily practices of life, so that i might make small clearing & live in a manner that is worthy & profitable.

"I have no scheme about it,—no designs on men at all; and, if I had, my mode would be to tempt them with the fruit, and not with the manure. To what end do I lead a simple life at all, pray? That I may teach others to simplify their lives?—and so all our lives be simplified merely, like an algebraic formula? Or not, rather, that I may make use of the ground I have cleared, to live more worthily and profitably?"
Henry David Thoreau (1817–1862), U.S. philosopher, author, naturalist. Letter, September 26, 1855, to Harrison Blake, in The Writings of Henry David Thoreau, vol. 6, p. 259, Houghton Mifflin (1906).

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