It’s the last week of the summer holidays here and we’re all looking towards next week. I have to say it’s been a summer of tidying up for us in the Marshall household and it’s made me think today about new terms and how complicated and cluttered our lives can become.
For my children (and any who may have a cluttered mind and heart) the greatest times are those of simplicity like sitting eating a BBQ together, or playing cards, watching a good film or taking a relaxing bath.
I know those dreading going back to school and college (whether child or staff member) the thought of quiet simplicity might be far away. Why do we insist on making our lives so full that we can enjoy each moment?
We’ve tried to throw out loads of ‘stuff’ that has just kept us feeling weighed down and heavy. I can’t tell you the relief at chucking things on the skip that we didn’t even know we had. I wonder whether as we gear up to next week we could look at decluttering our lives too. Ask yourself these questions:-
- What is playing on my mind that I could just let go?
- What things can I stop doing with my time that just make me feel more stressed out?
- Who could I spend time with today who will help me feel good about myself?
- How could I help carry someone else’s load or help them to declutter their lives too?
- What would need to happen for me to enter this new term with excitement and peace?
I know not easy questions and of course some things we can’t put down or give to other people. BUT what we can do is help those around is to live a more simple life by being thankful for the moments we have.
A challenge I’ve taken on with some friends of mine over the summer was the 21 day thankfulness challenge – picture included. So why don’t you try over the next 21 days as you move into September. You’ll be surprised at just how many things you can recall each day!!