~Henry David Thoreau
In our new house we look at a beautiful little pond. I call it my own Walden Pond.
On days when I want to connect to my creativity or just simplify, I venture up the walking path to my own Walden Pond. (That I graciously share with bikers, neighbors and fellow walkers) and observe the wildlife. I bring my camera and take pictures. It gives me as much energy as taking a nap!
Walden Pond, for those of you who don’t know, is where writer Henry David Thoreau went to live in 1845. He left Concord, Massachusett society to go live by himself in a small shack he’d built on Ralph Waldo Emerson’s (his friend and mentor) land. He wanted to be close to nature and simplify his life. He stayed for two years and wrote about his experiment in his book, Walden Pond or Life In the Woods (free on kindle).
Thoreau was ahead of his time. I think we all feel this way in our modern culture, too. Wouldn’t it be nice to drop out and simplify life? I remember doing this one spring with our kids. They really weren’t interested in soccer anymore. So we decided to have a simple spring with relatively few activities. It was amazing!
And now, with our new house, we can simplify more, too. We have hardly any yard but back up to an open space with a pond. We got rid of everything we didn’t need anymore or hadn’t used in over a year. I wasn’t able to unpack right away and have used just the minimum dishes and clothes. There’s so much I don’t really need. And we’re very close to nature and loving every moment so far.
Living Simply is letting go of the “stuff” we’ve accumulated. It’s pleasures that don’t cost much or anything at all. It’s being present in the moment. It’s finding new uses for old things. It’s the beautiful moments with your children just before bed or on a hike. It’s having time to do what you love.
Simplying life seems like it should be easy but it’s really quite hard especially for busy families. Here are some things we all can do to simplify just a little to decrease the stress in our everyday lives! Try some of these things for a couple of hours. You’ll still have time to be busy!!
• Run fewer errands – save them all for one day instead of doing a few each day.
• Be in Nature – it’s really peaceful to observe nature. Kids love it, too.
• Practice a creative hobby - No, don’t tell me your not creative. Just do something. It doesn’t need to be perfect or even good! Go to a craft store and just do something that looks fun.
• Limit activities – yours or your children’s!
• Turn off electronics – take an hour or two off. Once you do it, you’ll find yourself doing it more often.
• Get rid of what you don’t use – Bring it to a second hand shop.
• Just sit quietly – call it meditation if you want or just being peaceful. It works!
How do you simplify life? Please comment below!
Here’s a little Henry David Thoreau wisdom that could teach us all a little bit about simplicity:
“I learned this, at least, by my experiment: that if one advances confidently in the direction of his dreams, and endeavors to live the life which he has imagined, he will meet with a success unexpected in common hours.”
“It’s not what you look at that matters, it’s what you see.”
“Never look back unless you are planning to go that way.”
“What lies behind us and what lies ahead of us are tiny matters compared to what lives within us.”
“Be yourself- not your idea of what you think somebody else’s idea of yourself should be.”
“Most men lead lives of quiet desperation and go to the grave with the song still in them.”
“If you have built castles in the air, your work need not be lost; that is where they should be. Now put the foundations under them.”
“Go confidently in the direction of your dreams. Live the life you’ve imagined.”
“We can never have enough of nature. We must be refreshed by the sight of inexhaustible vigor, vast and Titanic features, the sea-coast with its wrecks, the wilderness with its living and its decaying trees, the thunder cloud, and the rain.”
“I suppose that what in other men is religion is in me love of nature.”
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