Spring brings new growth. I look forward to spring cleaning every year and the renewed energy and inspiration I feel with the season. This year is no different. In fact, I've been going through a period of transformation over the last few months and realize now where it was all leading. My first steps on the simple path.
It all started with Christine's book, Ordinary Sparkling Moments. (Actually, seeds of it were already planted by the time I enjoyed dinner with Christine, Sharon and Marisa where "change" was a common topic amongst all of us. I mention this because maybe, just maybe, you are feeling it too.) It is a beautiful art book, so touching and poetic and there is something in there that will resonate deeply with you. For me, it was right at the beginning. She wrote about what people put on their tombstones and that they never say "Successful" or "Rich" or in my case something like "Ran a Successful Etsy Shop". Reading it was so poignant that at that very moment, with tears in my eyes, I knew immediately what I needed to do. I needed to simplify. I needed to make time for the simple moments in life that are so meaningful but so taken for granted and too easily pushed to the side.
Serendipitously, the book Simple Living Guide arrived at my door that same week from a friend. The universe was saying, "Hello!? Are you getting this message?" It echoed every message that I received from Christine's book and gave me ideas on how to actually go about change. I'll share what our family has been doing in future posts.
These are the questions that led to some very important discussions between my husband and I, and essentially got him wholeheartedly on board with this family change...
Thinking back at your life, what are your most magical moments?
For most people, magical moments are usually tied to a random moment on a random day. Some of them are hard to explain to other people as to why they feel so special. Maybe it was during a walk, maybe with a grandparent as a child, maybe it was a memory about a pet, etc. The point is, most magical moments are simple and involve nature and people and places you love. They rarely involve things or money. Almost nobody says their "most magical moment" was "When I drove home my brand new car" or "When I got that promotion."
So why do we spend our lives trying to get cars, promotions, success, money, etc? How can we make time and space for more of the magical kind of moments?
This is our family goal and our spring growth this year. Making space and time for the magical kind of moments. How are you growing this spring?