We are all tempted to oversimplify. We want the quick fix or the one simple step that will change us, or our circumstances. Articles, and blogs, and books have been written on the minimalist lifestyle, and Marie Kondo has created a brand out of it. So much of this appeals to me and much of it is positive.
But the fact remains, it isn’t something that can apply to every aspect of our lives. Some things just require a lot of effort, and actually, they’re worth it. After thinking it through, I believe that those things which can be simplified, are the basics of our lives: the mundane, the routine. For example, our schedules can be streamlined usually. The process we use for what comes into and goes out of our homes, the process that we use to clean our homes, how we pay our bills. Â These are processes that can be tweaked, or changed, or overhauled. Â But, the things that are more complicated, like relationships and forming new habits, and learning a new skill – these are the areas where we can’t just apply one simple step or take shortcuts. But, I would argue, these are also the things of life that make life worthwhile! The effort and time we put into these areas is well spent because of the fulfillment they bring.
To that end, I will be investing some time and effort into something new in my own life this weekend, and I wanted to share it with you: I’ll be attending a Writer’s Conference in North Carolina and I am really excited to meet other writers and learn more about my craft! I will share a few new things I learn with you when I return.
What are some new things you are working on? Are there any areas of your life right now that seem hard – where the learning curve is particularly steep? I’d love to hear a little of your story if you feel like sharing it. Also, I love to hear from my readers – if you aren’t comfortable sharing in the comments below, (although, I’ll bet others would be encouraged by your words!), please feel free to click the contact link above to go to my direct email.
I am praying for you, reader. I may not know your name directly, but God does. I am lifting you up and asking for encouragement and peace and wisdom for you. I would appreciate your prayers for me this weekend, if you happen to think of it.
Until next week – grace & peace to you